Drain the Swamp? Not So Much.

November 16, 2016

Atlanta, GA – Just a week after Election Day, Donald Trump has already backed away from his campaign promise to “drain the swamp.” Over the course of a few days, Trump has:

  • Stacked his transition team with lobbyists. [NYT]
  • Has floated both former Goldman Sachs banker Steve Mnuchin and JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon for Treasury Secretary. [Politico]
  • Tapped RNC Chair Reince Priebus to serve as White House chief of staff. [NYT]
  • Selected Jeffrey Eisenach—a former consultant for Verizon and its trade association—to run the FCC transition. Eisenach has been an outspoken critic of net neutrality, saying that the regulations designed to ensure fair and equal access to the internet “would not improve consumer welfare or protect the public interest.” [The Hill] [NYT]

In Sunday’s interview with 60 Minutes, Trump flailed while attempting to explain why his transition team was teeming with lobbyists given this campaign promises. [Video]

Legal and ethical experts have already begun to question Trump’s nepotism and conflicts of interest.

Instead of placing his business interests in a blind trust, he’s handed over the reins to his children—the very ones running his transition team. [CNN] [The Week] [MSNBC]

He’s also pushed for his children—again, the same people who will run the Trump Organization—to receive top security clearances. [CNN]

Not only are these moves by the incoming Trump Administration questionable and unprecedented—they’re an affront to the very people who purportedly elected him to “shake up” Washington.


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