As a candidate Donald Trump boasted, “I'll choose the best people for my administration.” He was trying to echo John F
Kennedy's call for the best and brightest to work at the White House.
When Donald meant the best people though he meant the worst. Trump has not just made sure Washignton is more of a
swamp than it's ever been, he's brought in the alligators as well.
Donald Trump's White House is forsale. Everyone who works for him is forsale. The "best people" in Donald's adminstaration
are quickly becoming damaged goods though and falling like flies.
Three Trump associates — Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos and Rick Gates — have pleaded guilty to charges of lying to investigators. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was brought down by his habit of using private jets and military planes for travel. EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigned over a raft of shameless ethical offenses.
Trump’s first staff secretary, Rob Porter, and his first nominee for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, withdrew after revelations that their ex-wives had accused them of violent abuse. But this is a president, keep in mind, whose first wife accused him of rape.
The trial of his former campaign manager has provided more evidence of Trump’s sure instinct for compulsive shysters. Paul Manafort was indicted for allegedly laundering millions of dollars in income and evading taxes. Gates, Manafort’s trusted aide and Trump’s deputy campaign chairman, testified this week that he helped Manafort commit those crimes.
Manafort stands out for his peculiar shopping proclivities. Among his more ridiculous outlays was more than $1.3 million in men’s apparel, including a $15,000 ostrich-skin jacket that most men would not wear if you paid them $15,000. Gates admitted he embezzled from his former boss, which suggests that Manafort was no better at finding honest help than Trump is.
You could hardly surround yourself with so many disreputable figures as the president has unless you opened a halfway house for felons. But his preference for the shady sort is what you’d expect of someone whose business career has been a chronicle of bankruptcy, bullying and deceit.
After vowing never to settle a lawsuit filed by Trump University students who said they had been scammed, he agreed to pay $25 million to bring it to an end. His lawyer Michael Cohen paid porn actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 not to share her story of having sex with Trump. Cohen is under investigation on an array of possible crimes.
Flying under this cluttered radar is Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who just settled one of a string of lawsuits by business associates charging that he stole from them. Forbes magazine found that “these allegations — which sparked lawsuits, reimbursements and an SEC fine — come to more than $120 million. If even half of the accusations are legitimate, the current United States secretary of commerce could rank among the biggest grifters in American history.”