Saturday, June 10, 2017

Trump complains about Democrats failing to confirm people he hasn't nominated (mark Sumner) · Monday, June 05, 2017, 12:46 pm

In the midst of his Monday morning Twitter rant, Donald Trump paused for the daily direct-to-Trump ego-stroking that is Fox and Friends. There, hosts eager to get away from watching Trump dump a boatload of poison into his own Supreme Court case by insisting that the actions of people of unknown origin was proof of the need for his totally-not-a-Muslim-ban (and perhaps take half a step back from the Muslim interment camps suggested by two of their guests) hustled to come up with a new topic. It was a topic that Trump then dutifully inserted into his rant.

.@foxandfriends Dems are taking forever to approve my people, including Ambassadors. They are nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS! Want approvals.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017
The issue with this issue, is that the bottleneck isn’t with Democrats who—Trump might recall—don’t control either end of Congress. The problem is squarely at the start of the pipeline.

Four months into his presidency, Donald Trump has filled only five of the 53 top jobs at the Pentagon – the slowest pace for nominations and confirmations in over half a century.

The slow spot in the Trump regime is Trump—and that’s not even in question. Of 559 key positions that need to be confirmed by the Senate, 442 don’t even have a nominee. And why is that?

There are two reasons. One: Trump is demanding a loyalty test that discards anyone who ever said anything about Trump, which excludes most everyone, Republicans included. Two: people are simply scared to work for Trump.

The escalating investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials is also scaring off people who’d been on the fence about joining the administration.

It’s a recipe for never filling crucial roles.


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