#StaffTheSwamp: Anti-Establishment Trump Choosing Establishment Staff
By Guest • Friday, November 11, 2016 – 14:03
This is a guest post by ClimateDenierRoundup
By now, we all know that despite his supposedly populist sentiment, Trump is being advised by some of DC’s longest-serving insiders, including 20-year House Rep. Newt Gingrich and disgraced Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. And Politico has a couple great looks about all the DC power brokers and other elites jockeying for positions in Trumplandia. RNC chair Preibus is considered to be a prime candidate for Chief of Staff, while former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin is being considered for Treasury Secretary. Because Hillary giving speeches to Goldman Sachs executives is damning, but giving one the Treasury Department is populist.
Now PoliticoPRO has an organizational chart for Trump’s transition, and by looking at all the lobbyists and beltway insiders, one would be forgiven for assuming his last campaign catchphrase was #StaffTheSwamp. Apparently Trump’s plan to #DrainTheSwamp entails pulling all the swamp things out of the water, and into the White House.
Homeland Security transition is being led by tobacco giant Altria’s Cindy Hayden. Leading labor is Steve Hart, chairman of Williams & Jensen, who represents small businesses like Coca-Cola, General Electric, HSBC, and VISA. The agricultural sector is being managed by Michael Torrey, who represents lil’ ol’ American Beverage Association.
But what about our core issues of environment and energy? For the Energy Department, Trump’s taking advice from Michael McKenna, who works for MWR Strategies, which represents the chemical giant Dow, the Kochs, and coal giant Southern Company. It’s been reported for months now that fracking magnate Harold Hamm is in the lead for Secretary of Energy.
For Interior, if Trump doesn’t give the position to Trump Jr. (because what did we overthrow British rule for, if not nepotism?) then it may go to Forrest Lucas, co-founder of Lucas Oil.