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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 07:07 AM

Trump Said to Have Political Aides Monitoring the Loyalty of Cabinet Secretaries

As President Trump recently reminded us, when someone has been disloyal to him he never forgets it. But now that he’s president, it’s become more difficult to keep track of those who have defied him – or may potentially defy him. That’s why, according to the Washington Post, he’s embedded political appointees in every Cabinet agency, and tasked them with keeping tabs on the secretaries’ fealty to the president. Unsurprisingly, this is not going over well with some Cabinet members.

The Post is not the first to note the existence of these monitors. Last month Politico reported that the Trump administration had created the new position of “senior White House adviser” within each agency, placing many former campaign aides in those jobs. Records obtained by ProPublica show that there are at least 16 of these advisers, with Trump loyalists stationed in all the major departments and in some smaller agencies like NASA.

There’s some disagreement on who the advisers answer to. The Post says they report to the Office of Cabinet Affairs, which is overseen by White House deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn. An anonymous White House official said the advisers technically report to the head of each agency, but the White House would not discuss the matter on the record.

The advisers’ ostensible mission is to act as a go-between on policy issues for the White House and the agencies, but eight officials tell the Post their primary task is to make sure agency staffers are carrying out the president’s agenda. Concerns about the president’s authority over the executive branch are not unusual, but no recent president has had such an arrangement.

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http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/03/trump-aides-monitor-loyalty-of-cabinet-secretaries-report.html

How Soviet of him...

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n2doc Mar 20 OP
Blue_Warrior Mar 20 #1
L. Coyote Mar 20 #2
ExciteBike66 Mar 20 #3
democratisphere Mar 20 #4
Hortensis Mar 20 #5
Ruy Lopez Mar 20 #6
Stinky The Clown Mar 20 #7
Blue_true Mar 20 #9
gopiscrap Mar 20 #8

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 07:08 AM

1. Many will be fired, some will resign

The ship will sink.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 07:13 AM

2. Trump installs aides at Cabinet departments to be his eyes and ears

The damage being done is inestimable. Trump has to go ASAP.

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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 07:43 AM

3. Is he going to install political officers on our nuclear subs

like in Hunt for Red October?

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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 07:55 AM

4. The maniac micromanager has paranoia setting in.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 07:58 AM

5. I read that these spies report to an assistant to Jeff Sessions.

Reminds me strongly of the old KGB's role of assigning spies to oversee the people in Russia's government agencies and projects.

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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:02 AM

6. I almost pity Trump: so much insecurity, such a childish need for love

 

Pop psychology guess: young Donald noticed that his dad thought he was not the sharpest knife in the drawer and has been craving for recognition and support ever since.

Poor dumb little rich kid.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:59 AM

7. Our own Kim Jong Un

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 04:02 PM

9. The psychosis matches. But don't give Trump ideas about

"Eliminating" potential rivers.

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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 02:55 PM

8. Gee, that doesn't smack of fascism does it?

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