Donald Trump’s Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway doesn’t get what it means to be a “public servant.” Public being the key word here.
In an interview with Trump’s Fox News propaganda network Thursday morning, Kellyanne told the fiendish Fox & Friends that having to fill out ethics disclosure forms to work in the White House is just “too much a burden” for prospective Trump staffers.
According to Conway, an effort to show transparency in government is “demoralizing” for employees in the Trump White House. She also claimed it is stopping good people who want to work for her boss from applying for jobs.
There are so many qualified men and women who wanted to serve this president, this administration, and their country who have been completely demoralized, and completely, I think, disinclined to do so based on the paperwork that we have to put forward, divesting assets, the different hoops you have to run through. Because this White House is transparent and accountable, and we’ve all complied with those rules. It’s really disincentivizing good men and women. I hope it doesn’t disincentivize Anthony.
Funny, I don’t remember hearing anyone in the Obama White House say they couldn’t get good men and women to fill out some papers. Hmmm.
Kellyanne’s interview comments were in response to Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci’s Trump-like Twitter meltdown Wednesday night, in which the new White House Communications Director tweeted he “will be contacting the FBI and DOJ” after his financial disclosure revealed he was still profiting from his investment firm Skybridge Capital.
He deleted the tweet after midnight, but we all know everything lives forever on the internet.
In the tweet, Scaramucci had added the Twitter handle of White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, @Reince45, which most people took to indicate “there’s a new sheriff in town and it’s not you, Reince.” Worse, he seemed to be pointing his finger directly at Priebus for the leak.
Scaramucci’s meltdown got even hotter when his tweet backfired. Not only did he take heat from social media for his implied Priebus threat, but it was pointed out that all ethics disclosure forms are publicly available from the Office of Government Ethics. So even while Scaramucci was blaming someone for leaking them, The New York Times was reporting the forms had been public since July 23rd.
Once his first tweet disappeared, he posted this:
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 27, 2017
According to the ethical disclosures filled out by Scaramucci, he earned nearly $10 million in salary between January and June of 2016: $4.9 million from his ownership stake in SkyBridge in addition to more than $5 million, when he joined the Export-Import Bank.
At least Scaramucci reported his financial ethics disclosures in full. His boss sure hasn’t. Neither has Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
But let’s forget partisan politics for a second. Full disclosure of someone’s finances and meetings is required to work in the White House and, yes, working for the government does come with the risk of jail for failure to operate within the law. We all know that Trump staffers would choose pinstripes over jail stripes any day.
Ironically, the Mooch told CNN Thursday morning that when it comes to the White House leaks, “the fish stinks from the head down.”
Why, yes, it does. And the head of Scaramucci’s White House is Donald Trump.
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