Trump’s Cabinet: The Swamp lives
“When it comes to frivolous spending on the government dime while the populace is told to make sacrifices, Marie Antoinette was a rank amateur,” said Helaine Olen in The Washington Post. President Trump’s billionaire-filled Cabinet has been showing the self-indulgent French queen how it’s done, with at least five members now mired in federal investigations involving taxpayer-funded splurges. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has reportedly squandered almost $1 million on eight trips on military aircraft. “Then there’s Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson,” said Becket Adams in WashingtonExaminer.com, who attempted to spend $31,000—“that’s a 31 followed by three zeroes”—on a dining room set for his office. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt has been flying first class with a squadron of bodyguards so that he can avoid being heckled by the unwashed masses; Interior Department head Ryan Zinke, who insists that a ceremonial flag be raised whenever he’s in headquarters, spent $139,000 on the construction of a “Secretary’s Door” for his office. “‘Drain the swamp’ indeed.”
Pruitt, Mnuchin: Coach is for the rabble.
Even Trump has been irritated by news coverage of his Cabinet’s splurges, said Jonathan Swan in Axios.com. Four Cabinet-level officials were last week summoned to the White House for a dressing-down, CNN reported. If Trump cares at all about his aides’ outrageous bilking of the taxpayers, said WeeklyStandard.com in an editorial, he will set an example by firing a few of them. This, after all, is the president who said in his inaugural address, “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.” ■