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April 9, 2019

DDT’s People: Part I, Swinging Doors

Filed under: Donald Trump — trp2011 @ 12:05 AM
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A promise that Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) made during his presidential campaign was to “hire the best people.” He bragged he’d “surround myself only with the best and most serious people” because “we want top-of-the-line professionals.” Yet he fires his people at a fast rate. The White House employees have had a 65 percent turnover—sometimes several times. His Cabinet turnover before the end of his first year was 50 percent, twice that of the next highest in Bill Clinton’s term. Wikipedia has kindly provided the long list of departures.

As DDT hires people, ridicules them and then fires them, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) changed the chamber’s rules to a maximum debate time of two hours in confirmations from the previous 30 hours when Democrats were in charge. Debates are extraneous for the GOP approach of confirming everyone no matter what criminal acts the appointees have committed or how many conflicts of interest they have.

DDT’s latest purge started with his firing DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen yesterday, the 15th DDT Cabinet departure, despite her faithfully lying for him about the policy and conditions of immigration. Both national security adviser John Bolton and DDT blamed Nielsen for the influx of immigrants since Bolton’s attack on her last October. The acting director, Kevin McAleenan, may not last long, because neo-Nazi Stephen Miller, responsible for DDT’s purge, wants to get rid of McAleenan.

More ousters come from DDT’s plan wants to expand migrant family separations in families of both undocumented immigrants and legal asylum seekers. Both DHS undersecretary for management Claire Grady and DHS general counsel John Mitnick are leaving the administration, and U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles was fired today. Miller is behind the entire purge. DDT ordered border patrol agents to break the law by refusing to let migrants into the country. Their bosses later told them that border agents would break the law at their own risk. Today, a federal judge also blocked DDT’s policy to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico.

With 22 GOP senator positions up for re-election, Republicans are getting nervous about backlash. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), said, Texas), “One thing we all agree on now is families ought to be kept together as much as possible.” He may change his mind in confirmation hearings for all these positions.

Linda E. McMahon, pulled from the world of wrestling to head the Small Business Administration, also left the government amid rumors that she might replace Wilbur Ross to head up the Commerce Department or help America First PAC raise donations. Jovita Carranza, the U.S. treasurer and former UPS executive, may be nominated to replace McMahon.

Ronald Vitiello, acting ICE director, was fired for director before he could complete his confirmation hearings because DDT wanted someone to go “in a tougher direction.” Miller was behind getting rid of Vitiello because he didn’t 100-percent support DDT’s idea of shutting down the southern border.

Scott Gottlieb, FDA Chief who allowed e-cigarettes for teenagers before he found out that they were addictive, escaped on his own a month ago for a “family” thing. Announcements of his departure largely forgot that he delayed regulations to remove removal of e-cigarettes to 2022 because he thought that they were better for people than tobacco cigarettes and encouraged e-cigarette makers to promote them as smoking cessation aids. A year later, Gottlieb was shocked to discover that teenage vaping had become an “epidemic.”

Bill Shine’s departed at about the same time after nine months. He was the sixth communication director in about two years. In a real presidency, the communications director plots strategies to explain the importance of policy initiatives being considered, but DDT’s policies change day to day depending on what Fox & Friends discusses. An early Shine failure was his lack of preparation to deal with the fallout from Bob Woodward’s critical book Fear. The icing on the firing cake was Michael Cohen’s devastating congressional testimony and DDT’s collapse of negotiations with Kim Jong-Un. DDT complained that Shine hadn’t polished DDT’s image and started calling him “No Shine” last December. Shine, who left the week of Jane Meyer’s Fox/DDT exposé in the New Yorker, joins the president’s reelection campaign as a “senior adviser,” allowing him to spend “more time with my family.” Press briefings largely disappeared since DDT moved into the Oval Office. The most recent one was four weeks ago after a 42-day dry spell.

Tim Galludet, NOAA’s acting director, was replaced in late February by Neil Jacobs, who had worked on weather forecasting for Panasonic, a possible conflict of interest. The science agency researches and disseminates vital data about oceans, major waterways, and the atmosphere for regulation. Confirmation for DDT’s nominee, former AccuWeather CEO Barry Myers, has been slow because he wants to privatize NOAA functions for his own benefit by keeping NOAA from directly providing information to the public. Myers’ brother still owns the business.

Matt Whitaker, former acting AG, largely disappeared after the Senate confirmed AG Bill Barr to protect DDT. For a few days, Whitaker served as a DOJ counsel but mysteriously left. In early March, he testified before the House Judiciary Committee about earlier lies under oath in his attempt to stay out of prison. The second time around, Whitaker admitted DDT described DDT’s influence over him, calling him to talk about the Michael Cohen case and personnel decisions in the Southern District of New York. Whitaker also said he took part in discussions about firing U.S. attorneys.

Jessie Liu is staying in her current position as U.S. Attorney for DC where she led over 300 prosecutors of public corruption and fraud against the federal government. DDT had appointed her for #3 in the DOJ overseeing litigation, possibly to keep her from investigating himself. Liu pulled her name from consideration for the new position after far-right Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) yelled at AG Bill Barr that Liu didn’t oppose abortion enough. Lee ignored the fact that the Associate AG should not give opinions on DOJ decisions and no one knows Liu’s opinions on abortion.

Alex Acosta is sticking around as Labor Secretary—at least for now—although the heat may eventually get to DDT. Last week when Acosta testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee, Democrats quizzed him about the extremely lenient deal that he gave billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2007, allowing the pedophile to avoid all federal charges. Made when Acosta was Florida’s DA, the plea deal was ruled improper and a violation of the Crime Victims’ Rights Acts. The case moves forward to nullify Epstein’s—and Acosta’s—deal progresses.

For over a year, the media has pointed out that DDT is afraid to directly fire people. Sometimes he tweets that they are gone or gets someone else to send them letters, like sending his bodyguard to deliver a letter to former FBI director James Comey. While John Kelly was chief of staff, he got the dirty work, as in the case of former State Department Secretary Rex Tillerson and Omarosa. Jeff Sessions wouldn’t quit, no matter how much abuse DDT heaped on him, so DDT sent Kelly to get a resignation letter from the former AG. Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was assigned to fire Tex Alles, but Secret Service officials discovered the firing on CNN. DDT has shown himself to be gutless for a man who made his name yelling, “You’re fired!” He can kill thousands of civilians, separate children from parents, and destroy lives in many other ways—but he can’t fire people.

At least 20 staffers at the Treasury Department have quit rather than be involved in politically-based sanctions that harm the United States. Unilateral sanctions not followed by other nations only hurt U.S. manufacturers and agriculture. DDT’s philosophy that “trade wars are good, and easy to win” are causing farmers to lose billions of dollars, long-term changes in food production and international trade, and decreasing the GDP that made lead to a recession. Prices for wheat, corn, and soybeans are all down, forcing taxpayers to fund the billions necessary to offset this damage. The Federal Reserve has cited DDT’s trade wars as a prime factor for upcoming fiscal problems in the U.S. The staffers are switching to jobs for lobbyists and law firms working with foreign companies when they can help nations and corporations avoid DDT’s ill-advised sanctions.

And speaking of the Federal Reserve, Part II of this segment is reserved for the two men who may be making decisions on this supposedly independent agency, one already appointment and the other under consideration.

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