Don Surber writes,
President Trump drained his own swamp first
President Trump began assembling his transition team on August 1 in Washington. He put Governor Chris Christie in charge. All went well until Trump discovered upon his election what Christie had done.
The governor hired lobbyists.
Out came the whip of cords. Trump replaced Christie with Mike Pence, and Pence cleaned house.
From the Daily Mail:
The Trump transition team has lost nearly half its staff and volunteers in a matter of days since instituting a ban on registered lobbyists at the end of last week, the Daily Mail has learned.
‘All the lobbyists are gone,’ said one source familiar with the transition. ‘Lobbyists were the vast majority. Now, today you go in and you could count [them] maybe on one hand.’
The source estimated that the number of staffers and volunteers working on the transition plummeted from around 250 late last week to less than 125 on Tuesday. The sudden purge of lobbyists has allowed conservative think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and the Competitive Enterprise Institute to take a stronger role in the transition.
One lobbyist who was close to the transition team told the Daily Mail that ‘almost all of’ the lobbyists are gone from the team – although many are trying to influence as much as possible from the outside.
‘Everybody that’s still there has signed a letter saying they’ve deregistered and are okay with the five year ban,’ said the source. ‘It’s not like any transition I’ve ever seen before.’
The government is now run by a CEO, not a politician.
President Trump has no time for games. No lobbyists means no lobbyists.
And the cleaning of the house explains why the New York Times and other media outlets ran stories about supposed chaos on the transition team.
The rats were squealing.
Trump meanwhile is ahead of every recent president as he appointed by Thanksgiving his chief of staff, attorney general, strategist, CIA director, national security adviser, and today, his secretary of education and his U.N. ambassador.
Personnel matters. So do executive orders. So do agency regulations. President Trump is moving forward on all three fronts.
Without revolving-door lobbyists.