Despite Fake Lobbying Ban, Trump Transition Officials Head to K Street
Rush Limbaugh sounds like he’s tired of winning-already.
“Why Do We Vote Republican? What Trump Must Do to Avoid More Disastrous Budget Deals.”
RUSH: Now, I know what many of you are thinking, and it is next up in the Stack right here. Here is the headline. I don’t care where you see it, this is the headline: “Congress Deal Funds Sanctuary Cities, Obamacare, EPA, Planned Parenthood; Does Not Provide Money for the Wall.” Now, if you look at that headline and you happen to believe that it’s true — which it is. I mean, we extended the budget. There’s not gonna be any shutdown. Republicans are going (sigh), “Thank God! No shutdown.” So we have extended the budget, not for a week, but all the way through September.”
Rush doesn’t want to go here yet, but some of his callers already think Trump is a sellout:
RUSH: Aw, come on, it’s too soon to say that. It’s too soon to say he’s a sellout. It’s not even six months yet. You can’t go there. Well, you can, but —
CALLER: He’s not doing the things that give us the big stuff. He’s giving us the little stuff. He’s giving us the executive orders, okay. We’re not getting the big like I said, you know, Washington needs a heart transplant.
CALLER: Okay, that’s it. There’s not gonna be any… Let me tell you, there’s not gonna be any health care, there’s not gonna be any wall, there’s not gonna be any tax bill. They just keep on coming up — the Republicans, and now Pence and Trump keep on coming up — with why we can’t do something instead of why we can do something. And it all comes back to the Senate rules, okay? And the Senate rules are being put above our freedom, okay? And it’s driving me absolutely nuts. I mean, we sent Trump to Washington, D.C., to give Washington, D.C., a heart transplant, okay?
“And with all his executive orders, okay? Those are all Band-Aids. They’re all good and stuff like that. But they’re Band-Aids, and they haven’t gotten to the heart of the issue, and that’s why we sent him to Washington, D.C. And the people are still being put last, okay? And I’m just over-the-top angry, okay, when you had Pence on there, I’m telling you. And I just don’t think anybody’s gonna happen, because, you know what, Rush? The money is too big.”
“The money is too big, and the Republicans are getting too much money put in their pockets, okay, by the lobbyists, by K Street, and they don’t want to see any changes. Don’t tell me it’s so difficult to change all this stuff. I was a businessman for 25 years, I was a teacher, and you want to change things, you go in and you change ’em and fundamentally. And he said, “Well, we can’t do this because this what the rules say.” So, you know what? Change the rules! Okay? But you’re putting the freedom of the American people, okay —”
Speaking of K Street, supposedly Trump has a lobbying ban. This then will come as a rude awakening for those who insist on still taking him at his word.
“Trump transition staffers head to K Street despite lobbying ban.”
“Three months after Trump moved into the White House, at least nine people who worked on his transition have registered as lobbyists.”
“Donald Trump promised last year to “drain the swamp” of Washington, starting with barring people who worked on his presidential transition from lobbying for six months afterward.”
“But three months after Trump moved into the White House, at least nine people who worked on his transition have registered as lobbyists, highlighting holes in the president’s pledge to keep people from cashing in on government service.”
“Many are registered to lobby the same agencies or on the same issues they worked on during the transition, a POLITICO review of lobbying disclosures found. A former “sherpa” who helped to guide Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos through the Senate confirmation process is now registered to lobby her department. The former head of the transition’s tax policy team has returned to his old company to lobby Congress on tax reform. One ex-member of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative team is now registered as part of a team lobbying on behalf of a major steelmaker.”
“Because of the way the transition’s six-month lobbying ban was worded, the former staffers may not be violating it. Regardless, their trips from lobbying to government service and back run counter to Trump’s campaign promise to close Washington’s revolving door.”
Seriously-this is shocking only to those obtuse enough to take Trump at his word-ie, 75% of the MSM. Rachel Maddow rightly argues we should look at what Trump and his Administration does not what it says.
With this WH in particular there is no correspondence between what they say and what they do which begs the question: why the media is still so focused on Trump’s words and tweets and those who work for him. Why not do Jay Rosen’s unleash the interns and send experience journalists to the agencies?
“They also raise questions about how rigorously the White House will enforce a separate five-year lobbying ban that applies to those serving in the administration. At least two officials who briefly served in the Trump administration and then left — Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, and Robert Wasinger, who worked in the State Department and is now a lobbyist — have said they did not sign a five-year ban.”
So those who really needed to sign it-who more than Flynn?-didn’t even have to sign it.
Maddow’s point has been if you look at what the WH does, it’s surreally funny.
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 3, 2017
Laugh out loud funny https://t.co/cFRMyjE8C2
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) May 3, 2017
But again Trump is a pathological liar. Like when he said as a businessman he’d streamline things via ‘good management’-compare that to that Mulvaney conference call.
I’m not saying Trump’s words and tweets shouldn’t be covered just that they should never be taken at face value and credulously. ‘Trump says there will be health insurance for everybody. His base will really like that.’
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