Juan Williams: Swamp creature at the White House

For all my criticism of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchumer calls for investigation into reports of campaign finance improprieties by DeJoy’s former company McCarthy told Trump trashing mail-in voting will hurt Republicans: report Iran broadcasts wrestler’s confession following Trump tweet MORE, I’ve got to be honest — I loved the fireworks.

Fireworks swirled around the Washington Monument after Trump accepted the GOP nomination on the White House lawn on August 27. They spelled “TRUMP” in the night sky.

If you are reading this column years from now, you might think this is a parody. You can’t believe that any president got away with turning the White House into a gaudy stage for partisan politics.

Did I mention the opera singer on the White House balcony?

When Trump ran for president he promised to “drain the swamp” of Washington political corruption.

Now, Trump is king of the swamp.

Not long ago, his then-Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittScience protections must be enforceable Conspicuous by their absence from the Republican Convention EPA looks to other statutes to expand scope of coming ‘secret science’ rule MORE, was living in super-cheap housing courtesy of the wife of a man lobbying the EPA and Scott Pruitt.

Trump opened the door for 281 lobbyists to work for his administration in his first three years. Former lobbyists now run four agencies, including the departments of defense and energy.

“How sick is Trump’s revolving door?,” Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHow much is Amazon worth to you? Bernie Sanders warns that Trump may not concede the election Buttigieg, former officials added to Biden’s transition team MORE (I-Vt.) tweeted last year after a former coal lobbyist was put in charge of regulating air pollution.

More recently, Trump fired the State Department Inspector General at the request of the Secretary of State, Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTop House Democrats call for watchdog probe into Pompeo’s Jerusalem speech Democratic senator urges Trump to respond to Russian aggression US brokers economic breakthrough for Serbia, Kosovo MORE. Why?

Well, the IG was looking into how Pompeo used the department staff to run errands, such as picking up take-out food orders and the family dry cleaning.

If you think that was bad, how about this? Pompeo spoke at the convention, live from Jerusalem, while on a taxpayer-funded trip.


Oh, and the head of the Department of Homeland Security used the White House to stage a naturalization ceremony starring the president. It became a video segment for the GOP convention.

“It’s starting to seem like the Trump administration is going out of its way to find new ways to violate federal law,” said government watchdog group, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The group was referring specifically to the Hatch Act, which prohibits partisan political activities by federal employees.

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