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Trump Chooses David Bernhardt, a Former Oil Lobbyist, to Head the Interior Dept.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/04/climate/david-bernhardt-interior-zinke.html

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday announced he would nominate David Bernhardt, a former oil lobbyist and current deputy chief of the Interior Department, to succeed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who resigned amid allegations of ethical missteps.

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26 minutes ago, Sean said:

Only the best -

Trump Chooses David Bernhardt, a Former Oil Lobbyist, to Head the Interior Dept.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/04/climate/david-bernhardt-interior-zinke.html

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday announced he would nominate David Bernhardt, a former oil lobbyist and current deputy chief of the Interior Department, to succeed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who resigned amid allegations of ethical missteps.

Well, if anyone needs help in finding a swamp, he should really help.  All he has to do is lie back and holler:

"Over here".

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I wish the Red Queen would step out from behind the curtain and get this shit over with.

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999!

https://www.axios.com/trump-wants-herman-cain-federal-reserve-4b497361-d12a-4c5a-a2db-28ffe1d36b58.html

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President Trump has told confidants he wants Herman Cain on the Federal Reserve board, but will wait until his background check is completed before making the formal announcement, according to two senior administration officials familiar with the decision.

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13 minutes ago, Sean said:

999!

https://www.axios.com/trump-wants-herman-cain-federal-reserve-4b497361-d12a-4c5a-a2db-28ffe1d36b58.html

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President Trump has told confidants he wants Herman Cain on the Federal Reserve board, but will wait until his background check is completed before making the formal announcement, according to two senior administration officials familiar with the decision.

 

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On 2/4/2019 at 1:41 PM, Sean said:

Only the best -

Trump Chooses David Bernhardt, a Former Oil Lobbyist, to Head the Interior Dept.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/04/climate/david-bernhardt-interior-zinke.html

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday announced he would nominate David Bernhardt, a former oil lobbyist and current deputy chief of the Interior Department, to succeed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who resigned amid allegations of ethical missteps.

swamp_monster_bernhardt.jpg?itok=CreBVME

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6 hours ago, Mark K said:
On 2/4/2019 at 4:41 PM, Sean said:

Only the best -

Trump Chooses David Bernhardt, a Former Oil Lobbyist, to Head the Interior Dept.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/04/climate/david-bernhardt-interior-zinke.html

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday announced he would nominate David Bernhardt, a former oil lobbyist and current deputy chief of the Interior Department, to succeed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who resigned amid allegations of ethical missteps.

swamp_monster_bernhardt.jpg?itok=CreBVME

Love the Swamp Creature photobomb.  In any other day and time, that photo would be called fake.  Strange days, indeed.

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19 hours ago, Sean said:

999!

https://www.axios.com/trump-wants-herman-cain-federal-reserve-4b497361-d12a-4c5a-a2db-28ffe1d36b58.html

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President Trump has told confidants he wants Herman Cain on the Federal Reserve board, but will wait until his background check is completed before making the formal announcement, according to two senior administration officials familiar with the decision.

 

When I saw that, I was flabbergasted.  I went over to Wikipedia and looked up Cain's background fully expecting an unqualified yutz.. 

"Cain was chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Omaha Branch from 1989 to 1991.[10] He was deputy chairman, from 1992 to 1994, and chairman, from 1995 to 1996, of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.[10] "

He actually has experience!  WTF?  I don't really think he's a particularly good pick - his stint was 20 years ago - but he's a hell of a lot more qualified than Steven Moore.

 

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38 minutes ago, cmilliken said:

 

When I saw that, I was flabbergasted.  I went over to Wikipedia and looked up Cain's background fully expecting an unqualified yutz.. 

"Cain was chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Omaha Branch from 1989 to 1991.[10] He was deputy chairman, from 1992 to 1994, and chairman, from 1995 to 1996, of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.[10] "

He actually has experience!  WTF?  I don't really think he's a particularly good pick - his stint was 20 years ago - but he's a hell of a lot more qualified than Steven Moore.

 

Yep, he's actually a pretty smart and capable fellow..... egomaniac of course, and a little weird, but overall a stellar pick for this administration.

-DSK

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12 hours ago, cmilliken said:

 

When I saw that, I was flabbergasted.  I went over to Wikipedia and looked up Cain's background fully expecting an unqualified yutz.. 

"Cain was chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Omaha Branch from 1989 to 1991.[10] He was deputy chairman, from 1992 to 1994, and chairman, from 1995 to 1996, of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.[10] "

He actually has experience!  WTF?  I don't really think he's a particularly good pick - his stint was 20 years ago - but he's a hell of a lot more qualified than Steven Moore.

 

No.  That a mostly ceremonial role and it has nothing to do with monetary policy.  This fuckwit is a clown who advocates the gold standard and 999 which in addition to being a stupid tax plan is a poor attempt to mask the mark of the beast.

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The very best -

Interior Dept. Opens Ethics Investigation of Its New Chief, David Bernhardt

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/15/climate/bernhardt-interior-department-ethics-investigation.html

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Eight senators, all Democrats, and four government ethics watchdog groups have requested that the Interior Department’s inspector general open formal investigations into various aspects of Mr. Bernhardt’s conduct. Among the chief complaints have been allegations, revealed by three separate New York Times investigations, that Mr. Bernhardt used his position to advance a policy pushed by his former lobbying client; that he continued working as a lobbyist after filing legal paperwork declaring that he had ceased lobbying; and that he intervened to block the release of a scientific report showing the harmful effects of a chemical pesticide on certain endangered species.

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This guy is a first class douchebag -

A Would-Be Trump Aide’s Demands: A Jet on Call, a Future Cabinet Post and More

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/us/politics/kris-kobach-trump.html

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Kris Kobach’s Conditions for Becoming Immigration Czar

Mr. Kobach submitted the following list of demands during discussions for an administration post.

  • 1. Office in the West Wing.
  • 2. Walk-in privileges with the president.
  • 3. Assistant to the President rank - at highest pay level for WH senior staff.
  • 4. Staff of 7 people (2 attorneys, 2 research analysts, 1 scheduler, 1 media person, 1 assistant).
  • 5. POTUS sits down individually with Czar and the secretaries of Homeland Security, Defense, Justice, Ag, Interior, and Commerce, and tells each of the Secretaries to follow the directives of the Czar without delay, subject to appeal to the President in cases of disagreement.
  • 6. 24/7 access to either a DHS or DOD jet. Czar must be on the border every week.
  • 7. Ability to spend weekends in KS with family on way from border back to DC, unless POTUS needs Czar elsewhere.
  • 8. Security detail if deemed necessary after security review.
  • 9. Serve as the face of Trump immigration policy - the principal spokesman on television and in the media.
  • 10. Promise that by November 1, 2019, the president will nominate Kris Kobach to be DHS Secretary, unless Kobach wishes to continue in Czar position.

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Does anybody else find it ironic he is already referring to himself as "Czar" given the Russian meddling that's been so pervasive in this, the best administration ever.:rolleyes:

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The most corrupt administration, top to bottom, in US history. 

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There was a time when a Czar was the creation of the (D)evil.

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Note the absence of the local Reich on this thread. .  

kinda refreshing 

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So now the news media is going to focus on the misunderstanding of the word/sentence, and not the part about Carson being unfit for the job.

Oreo jokes all around, fuckers.

THAT is one of the problems with the media these days.

 

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Well the story reports that he guessed at the phrase getting as far as real estate.... but not the owned.  That would indicate his ineptness IMHO given his job.

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51 minutes ago, Fakenews said:

Well the story reports that he guessed at the phrase getting as far as real estate.... but not the owned.  That would indicate his ineptness IMHO given his job.

Ya think?

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1 hour ago, Mike G said:

So now the news media is going to focus on the misunderstanding of the word/sentence, and not the part about Carson being unfit for the job.

It's the leftwing bias of the media :rolleyes:

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On 5/20/2019 at 3:47 PM, Sean said:

This guy is a first class douchebag -

A Would-Be Trump Aide’s Demands: A Jet on Call, a Future Cabinet Post and More

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/us/politics/kris-kobach-trump.html

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Kris Kobach’s Conditions for Becoming Immigration Czar

Mr. Kobach submitted the following list of demands during discussions for an administration post.

  • 1. Office in the West Wing.
  • 2. Walk-in privileges with the president.
  • 3. Assistant to the President rank - at highest pay level for WH senior staff.
  • 4. Staff of 7 people (2 attorneys, 2 research analysts, 1 scheduler, 1 media person, 1 assistant).
  • 5. POTUS sits down individually with Czar and the secretaries of Homeland Security, Defense, Justice, Ag, Interior, and Commerce, and tells each of the Secretaries to follow the directives of the Czar without delay, subject to appeal to the President in cases of disagreement.
  • 6. 24/7 access to either a DHS or DOD jet. Czar must be on the border every week.
  • 7. Ability to spend weekends in KS with family on way from border back to DC, unless POTUS needs Czar elsewhere.
  • 8. Security detail if deemed necessary after security review.
  • 9. Serve as the face of Trump immigration policy - the principal spokesman on television and in the media.
  • 10. Promise that by November 1, 2019, the president will nominate Kris Kobach to be DHS Secretary, unless Kobach wishes to continue in Czar position.

Well, at least he didn't demand a jar of the scorched earth he left behind in Kansas be given as a welcome gift to each immigrant.  

 

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10 minutes ago, Left Shift said:

Well, at least he didn't demand a jar of the scorched earth he left behind in Kansas be given as a welcome gift to each immigrant.  

 

Scorched earth is better than lingering municipal debt from dumbass grift inspired policy

https://www.propublica.org/article/kris-kobachs-lucrative-trail-of-courtroom-defeats

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4 hours ago, Fakenews said:

Speaking of cabinet members Ben Carson needed to be told REO does not equal Oreo. 

https://www.mediaite.com/politics/watch-a-rep-have-to-explain-to-hud-sec-ben-carson-that-an-reo-is-not-an-oreo-cookie/

I am more than ever convinced that he is some sort of savant.

How else do you explain a neurosurgeon who doubles as a moron?

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He took away my ability to sarcasticly say "Its not brain Surgery" to the foredeck.

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2 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

I am more than ever convinced that he is some sort of savant.

How else do you explain a neurosurgeon who doubles as a moron?

I hear he moonlights as a midget.

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11 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

I am more than ever convinced that he is some sort of savant.

How else do you explain a neurosurgeon who doubles as a moron?

He's not a moron, he just has the Doctor's Disease where you think you're so-o smart about medicine, which is of course the only important topic, that you don't need to know anything about any other subject.

You should see doctors trying to manage their investments, or fly airplanes.

-DSK

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On 5/20/2019 at 8:06 PM, Navig8tor said:

Does anybody else find it ironic he is already referring to himself as "Czar" given the Russian meddling that's been so pervasive in this, the best administration ever.:rolleyes:

That's actually quite funny given who started using that term.  Wasn't he the one who knew about Russian interference happening on his watch and basically did nothing to counter.  Actually thought that telling them to stop would work. 

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16 minutes ago, Gone Drinking said:

That's actually quite funny given who started using that term.  Wasn't he the one who knew about Russian interference happening on his watch and basically did nothing to counter.  Actually thought that telling them to stop would work. 

It seems the use predates your favourite punching bag.

czar

An unofficial title used to refer to high-ranking executive branch appointments. Czars are usually given responsibility for a specific policy area and do not have to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. They usually have an official title, but are referred to as czars by the media: For example, the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy is simply known as the drug czar. 

Bernard Baruch, appointed by Woodrow Wilson to head the War Industries Board in 1918, was the first to be called a czar. The usage of the term, only one year after the Russian Revolution, was originally derogatory, although it is less so today.

The term czar was used more frequently in reference to appointed executive branch officials under President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II. In 1942, the Washington Postreported on the “executive orders creating new czars to control various aspects of our wartime economy.”

From Political Dictonary.com

It helps to do some research before flinging unsubstantiated bullshit into conversations.

Makes you appear retarded, jus sayin.

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Mike Fratello is the Czar of the Telestrator, according to Marv Albert. 

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So If anyone has been wondering why Jared Kushner is often seen yet seldom heard 29 of his best and brightest

I couldn't bear to watch the interview on Axios last night nor record it.  Skimming some of the highlights is enough.  You go boy!

 

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11 hours ago, Gone Drinking said:

That's actually quite funny given who started using that term.  Wasn't he the one who knew about Russian interference happening on his watch and basically did nothing to counter.  Actually thought that telling them to stop would work. 

Same guy who started using teleprompters, I'll wager. 

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4 hours ago, Fakenews said:

Be Best

He was also previously convicted of having child porn in 1990

https://www.mediaite.com/print/trump-transition-associate-indicted-by-feds-on-child-porn-charges/

Wait, I thought a felony conviction was a prerequisite for being on a Trump cabinet, is this newer charge because he wants a more senior position?

Asking for a friend:D

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11 hours ago, Gone Drinking said:

That's actually quite funny given who started using that term.  Wasn't he the one who knew about Russian interference happening on his watch and basically did nothing to counter.  Actually thought that telling them to stop would work. 

Woodrow Wilson knew about the Russian interference? Really? Tell me more.

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10 hours ago, Olsonist said:

Woodrow Wilson knew about the Russian interference? Really? Tell me more.

GD is a republican they constantly fuck up cause and effect so he's probably thinking the Polar Bear Expedition was Russian interference in the US.

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1 hour ago, Fakenews said:

Wow.

Mick Mulvaney is available.

When he gets over his cough.:D

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2 minutes ago, Navig8tor said:

When he gets over his cough.:D

That was so weirdly funny and scary at the same time.  That one event should be enough to make people that support Trump realize what a mistake they have made.

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Oh it gets better in a trumpian dysfunctional way:

Full Story here;

https://www.axios.com/leaked-donald-trump-vetting-docs-hbo-6ce3cd26-1eb9-4da8-b15e-47b56020aef7.html

 

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Nearly 100 internal Trump transition vetting documents leaked to "Axios on HBO" identify a host of "red flags" about officials who went on to get some of the most powerful jobs in the U.S. government. 

Why it matters: The massive trove, and the story behind it, sheds light on the slap-dash way President Trump filled his cabinet and administration, and foreshadowed future scandals that beset his government.

Some highlights:

  • Scott Pruitt, who ultimately lost his job as EPA Administrator because of serial ethical abuses and clubbiness with lobbyists, had a section in his vetting form titled "allegations of coziness with big energy companies."
  • Tom Price, who ultimately resigned as Health and Human Services Secretary after Trump lost confidence in him in part for stories about his use of chartered flights, had sections in his dossier flagging "criticisms of management ability" and "Dysfunction And Division Has Haunted Price's Leadership Of The House Budget Committee."
  • Mick Mulvaney, who became Trump's Budget Director and is now his acting chief of staff, has a striking assortment of "red flags," including his assessment that Trump "is not a very good person."
  • The Trump transition team was so worried about Rudy Giuliani, in line for Secretary of State, that they created a separate 25-page document titled "Rudy Giuliani Business Ties Research Dossier" with copious accounting of his "foreign entanglements."
  • One red flag for Gen. David Petraeus, who was under consideration for Secretary of State and National Security Adviser: "Petraeus Is Opposed to Torture."

Behind the scenes: In the chaotic weeks after Trump's surprise election victory, Trump fired Chris Christie as the head of his transition. The team that took over — which V.P. Mike Pence helmed — outsourced the political vetting of would-be top officials to the Republican National Committee.

  • We obtained the political vetting forms that Trump and his senior aides were given for Ben Carson, Dan Coats, Betsy DeVos, Gary Cohn, Don McGahn, Elaine Chao, John Kelly, James Mattis, John Bolton, Mick Mulvaney, Nikki Haley, Rex Tillerson, Rick Perry, Robert Lighthizer, Ryan Zinke, Scott Pruitt, and many others.
  • President-elect Trump reviewed many of these documents at Trump Tower and Bedminster before his interviews, according to a source who saw him eyeball them.
  • Traditionally, any would-be top official faces three types of vetting: an FBI background check, a scrub for financial conflicts of interest from the Office of Government Ethics, and a deep dive from the president-elect's political team, which veteran Washington lawyers often handle.
  • We obtained many of the political vetting forms. According to sources on the RNC vetting team, senior Trump officials asked them to do an initial "scrub" of the public record before Trump met the contenders. But in many cases — for example the misguided choice of Andrew Puzder as Labor Secretary — this RNC "scrub" of public sources was the only substantial vetting in Trump's possession when he announced his picks.
  • The documents show what Trump’s vetting shop worried about in assessing candidates for the most important jobs in government.

The RNC researchers identified some striking "Red Flags."

  • The first red flag for Rex Tillerson, who became Trump’s first Secretary of State, was about Russia. "Tillerson's Russia ties go deep," it read.
  • One red flag for Fox News host Laura Ingraham, considered for White House press secretary: "Ingraham said people should wear diapers instead of sharing bathrooms with transgender people."
  • One heading in the document about Kris Kobach, in the running for Homeland Security Secretary, listed "white supremacy" as a vulnerability. It cited accusations from past political opponents that he had ties to white supremacist groups.
  • Vetters had unique concerns about Gary Cohn. "Some Say Cohn Has An Abrasive, Curt, And Intimidating Style," they wrote, citing a Bloomberg piece. "He Would Sometimes Hike Up One Leg And Plant His Foot On A Trader's Desk, His Thigh Close To The Employee's Face, And Ask How Markets Were Doing."

Some of the contenders were strikingly swampy — even by the RNC vetters' standards.

  • Seema Verma, who Trump appointed as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, had this paragraph near the top of her vetting form: "Verma was simultaneously advising Indiana ($3.5 million in contracts) on issues impacting how it would spend Medicaid funds while she was also being paid by a client that received Medicaid funds. Ethics experts have called the arrangement a conflict of interest that potentially put Indiana taxpayers at risk."
  • Sonny Perdue, Trump's pick for Agriculture Secretary, had a vetting form with sections labeled "Business conflicts of interest" and "Family conflicts of interest." It noted that "Perdue is the owner of Houston Fertilizer and Grain, a company that has received contracts from the Department of Agriculture."

The documents point to Trump’s willingness to meet with — and sometimes hire — people who had harshly criticized him. The vetting team often put these denigrations at the top of the documents. A source with direct knowledge told me many of these documents were handed to Trump; he knew about the insults, and picked the insulters anyway.

 

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26 minutes ago, Navig8tor said:

Oh it gets better in a trumpian dysfunctional way:

...    ...    ...

  • The Trump transition team was so worried about Rudy Giuliani, in line for Secretary of State   ...    ...    ...

 

Jesus Christ on a pogo stick.... Guiliani for Sec'y of State???

Why, because he did such a good job as head of Team Trump Legal Eagles?

Somebody has a really sick sense of humor. Either that, or Putin is the one picking these guys.

-DSK

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33 minutes ago, Steam Flyer said:

Jesus Christ on a pogo stick.... Guiliani for Sec'y of State???

Why, because he did such a good job as head of Team Trump Legal Eagles?

Somebody has a really sick sense of humor. Either that, or Putin is the one picking these guys.

-DSK

Read some of the vetting docs attached in the article, Bolton for instance appears to have driven trumps policy with regards to the UN, the views held by Bolton in the 90's

Mitchs missus Chao reads like a who's who of griftness. and no conflicts no,  nothing to see here.

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Interesting: it shows trumps priorities

Chart: The "red flags" for top Trump officials

Most of the vetting files had a section called "red flags," where the vetting team noted concerns about potential top officials. Axios categorized them all — for the nearly 100 people whose vetting documents we received.

Data: Axios analysis; Chart: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

 

Just 10.2% dedicated to Business background and Personal,  ie character,

beginning to understand the problem here.

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