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Trump Nomination Report Card: F

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 14:15
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No, It’s Not Too Early to Grade the President Elect

I knew that Obama was a sell-out long before he was even sworn in, even though the Americans who voted for Obama thought they were going to get real change.


Simple … I looked at his appointments.  For example, in November 2008, I noted:

Many people argue that it is unfair to criticize Obama because he hasn’t even been sworn in yet.

[But] the elites are successfully pressuring Obama to appoint insiders like Summers, Geithner, Clinton, and Gates – who will ensure that nothing really changes – because the American people are idly sitting by taking a wait-and-see approach.

Hindsight confirms that Obama’s appointments revealed that he would be a sell-out to the powers-that-be.

Indeed, leaked emails show that Citibank dictated most of Obama’s most important appointments … before the election had even occurred.

Trump’s Appointments

Bolton As SecState

Similarly, Trump’s purported appointments already show that he’ll be a lackey for the oligarchs. (Caveat: None of the appointments have officially been announced. So the rumors may be wrong).

For example, Trump is rumored to be leaning towards appointing John Bolton as his Secretary of State.

Who’s Bolton?

He’s one of the key architects of the Iraq war, who  previously admitted that the Iraq war was about oil, not protecting the United States from weapons of mass destruction. And see this.

He has also openly called for partition of Iraq and Syria into a number of different countries … as Bolton’s beloved Neocons have been planning for over 20 years.

If Bolton is named SecState, then diplomacy will go out the window, and aggressiveness and military response will come to the fore.

Mnuchin As SecTreas

Trump’s top pick for Secretary of Treasury is reportedly Steven Mnuchin.

Who’s Mnuchin?

He’s a Wall Street hedge fund and banking mogul.

He spent 17 years at Government Sachs as a prominent banker.

Salon notes:

In 2009, Mnuchin got into further trouble when he purchased the California bank IndyMac, which had been closed by federal regulators in 2008, for $1.5 billion with George Soros and John Paulson. After renaming it OneWest Bank, Mnuchin engaged in practices that the Office of Thrift Supervision denounced in 2011 as “unsafe” and “unsound.” As a result, Mnuchin was forced to enter a consent decree to address the fact that the bank had “failed to devote sufficient financial, staffing and managerial resources to ensure proper administration of its foreclosure processes; failed to devote to its foreclosure processes adequate oversight, internal controls, policies, and procedures, compliance risk management, internal audit, third party management, and training; and failed sufficiently to oversee outside counsel and other third-party providers handling foreclosure-related services.”

Despite this, OneWest Bank’s habit of foreclosing on the homes of low-income customers prompted 100 anti-foreclosure activists to protest at Mnuchin’s $26 million Bel Air mansion in Los Angeles in October 2011. Signs read, “Steve Mnuchin OneWest Bank stop taking our homes.”

If Trump names these ultimate insiders – who have helped cause the mess we’re in today – then, instead of bringing change, he will be the same-ole-same-ole.

We hope that Trump goes with better nominees … it’s not too late for him to do so.

Postscript: We’re focusing only on cabinet-level nominees, not positions like chief of staff such as Priebus or Bannon.   

Trump Nomination Report Card: F was originally published on Washington’s Blog


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