Yesterday was a memorable day, even if you were too distraught to watch the Donald take the oath of office and become our 45th President. The nightmare of the Donald Trump presidency has already begun. The White House web site is the perfect example of Trump’s misguided and unethical priorities. He’s not even clever enough to pretend that he will be a great leader, unencumbered by conflicts of interest.
The minute Trump became President, he wasn’t focused on the many positions in the administration that remain unfilled. In what has been described as a ” chaotic transition” Trump “has left critical parts of the government dangerously short-handed.”
On Thursday Trump announced last-minute plans to retain 50 essential State Department and national security officials currently working in the Obama administration to ensure “continuity of government.”
As of Thursday, only two of Mr. Trump’s 15 cabinet nominees — John F. Kelly, to head the Department of Homeland Security, and his nominee for defense secretary, Gen. James N. Mattis — had been approved by congressional committees and were close to assuming their posts.
Trump has named only 29 of his 660 executive department appointments. That is a pace far slower than recent predecessors, falling far short of the schedule originally outlined by Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who was Mr. Trump’s transition director before Mr. Trump ousted him 10 weeks ago.
None of this seemed to bother Mr. Trump. After arriving from New York, the president-elect trod solemnly down red-carpeted stairs from a government plane at Joint Base Andrews with his wife, Melania, then sped off to deliver a speech at a reception held at his ornate new hotel near the White House. There, he declared, with typical bluster, that his cabinet nominees had “by far the highest I.Q. of any cabinet assembled.” Thus the first day in office he takes time out of his busy schedule as President to promote his new hotel, an obvious conflict of interest!
In a conference call with incoming staff this week, Mr. Priebus informed midlevel aides that they should avoid interacting with Mr. Trump without his permission, that they were prohibited from talking to the news media, and that they should carefully restrict their social media posts, according to two people with knowledge of the call.
On Thursday, aides released names of more than a dozen appointments to the White House staff. Most of them had worked for Mr. Priebus at the R.N.C. Mr. Trump also named a friend, Woody Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets, to be ambassador to Britain.
Trump’s focus has clearly NOT been on ensuring a smooth transition of power. It seems that his focus has been on changing the White House web site. References on the website to civil rights issues, climate change , and LGBT rights has magically disappeared. The White House web site now paints black inner cities as shooting galleries.