Blame Spreads for Slow Pace of Placements in Trump Administration

(Quin Hillyer, Liberty Headlines) Republican insiders have grumbled for nearly two months about the slow pace of Trump appointees getting placed in executive branch agencies, and now Republican senators are going public with their frustrations.

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Media reports suggest that some of the slow pace is due to Trump administration disorganization, some due to Republican intra-party infighting, and some (or maybe a lot) due to Democratic obstructionism both in the Senate and in the agencies themselves.

James Arkin at Real Clear Politics gives a good overview:

Republican senators are growing impatient with the White House’s slow pace in filling out the administration and are pushing President Trump to speed the nomination process, concerned that the dearth of Cabinet deputies could hamper the executive branch’s ability to function.

The Senate has taken longer to confirm Trump’s nominees than it has those of past presidents, but Trump also has been slower than his predecessors to make nominations.

Of the more than 1,200 jobs that require Senate confirmation, 553 are considered “key” positions by the nonpartisan nonprofit, Partnership for Public Service. The vast majority of those 553, including deputy, assistant and associate secretary posts, remain unfilled.

Further:

The Senate had confirmed 22 Trump nominees as of Thursday, with no others – except Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch – likely before the Senate breaks Friday for a two-week recess. In the same time period, according to a tracker kept by The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service, Barack Obama had 54 nominees confirmed, George W. Bush had 32 confirmed, Bill Clinton had 44 confirmed, and George H.W. Bush had 27 confirmed. Only the first Bush faced a Senate of the opposite party.

Trump is likely to fall even further behind during the Easter recess. By April 23 – the date the Senate returns – Obama had an additional seven nominees confirmed, Clinton an additional two, and George H.W. Bush an additional 23.

Republican Senators John Cornyn of Texas, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, John McCain of Arizona, Bob Corker of Tennessee, and Marco Rubio of Florida were among those who complained about the slow pace. Even Democrats Tim Kaine of Virginia and Sherrod Brown of Ohio registered their grievances, albeit for different reasons, with Kaine wondering if the spots are being deliberately left empty in order to hobble the bureaucratic state.

Conservative media outlets have noticed the delays. National Review’s Jim Geraghty wrote:

You might think that by late March, an administration that considers immigration enforcement such a priority would have named its own director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or its own commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or its own assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Department of Homeland Security, or its own assistant secretary for population, refugees and migration at the State Department, or a new director of the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking, or a special counsel for immigration-related unfair employment practices at the DOJ. Trump hasn’t named nominees for any of those slots.

Part of the problem is the result of Senate Democrats using parliamentary maneuvers at the beginning of the administration to slow down the confirmation of Cabinet secretaries. It’s hard to fill high sub-Cabinet spots if the Secretary is not in place. By February 11, for example, the Washington Free Beacon reported that “Democratic obstructionism” caused the “confirmation process [to be] moving slowest since George Washington’s administration.” As the publication explained, “Senate Democrats, vowing to use ‘everything’ they can to stop Trump’s nominees, have used procedural tricks like boycotting committee meetings to slow the confirmation process to a historically slow pace.”

Even for Trump’s “landing teams” – people, usually with prior government experience, hired on a temporary basis to help smooth the transition to a new administration – Democrats have been raising Cain. Consider two members of the Education Department transition team, Robert Eitel and Taylor Hansen, who were the subject of scathing challenges from liberal Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and a New York Times “news” story accused by some observers of being slanted against the transition team.

Moderate-conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post challenged the premise of the Times article and asked pertinent questions:

What, then, is a public-spirited official to do? If someone with relevant experience and the right background wants to serve and goes above and beyond ethics requirements, they will soon learn there is no way to be hired without being accused of impropriety. As a result, qualified and ethical people won’t serve.

On the other hand, some of the delay has nothing to do with Democrats. Reports are rampant of disputes between the Trump White House and their Cabinet appointments themselves about who should be appointed to lower-ranking political “slots” in those departments. This reporter has reliably been told of several such examples, with the White House nixing potential appointees for having no record of having worked for Trump during last year’s campaign.

As Politico reported (at a subscribers-only site), these disputes are particularly rampant at the Environmental Protection Agency, because some Trump loyalists are “deeply suspicious” of new EPA chief Scott Pruitt, “complaining he’s been too slow in implementing Trump’s campaign agenda and fearing he’s positioning himself for an Oklahoma Senate run.”

These power struggles over appointments have been acute at the Department of Defense, where as early as Jan. 6 – two weeks before Trump actually took office – the Washington Post had a story reporting that then-incoming Secretary James Mattis was “clashing with Trump team over transition staffing.” Likewise at the State Department, where Trump personally nixed the proposed appointment of longtime conservative foreign policy guru Elliott Abrams after being told that Abrams had harshly criticized Trump last year.

Veteran Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah offered a more nuanced view of all this to Real Clear Politics: “You’ve got the president, who hasn’t really been around Washington very much, who is brand new to the process, so it’s naturally going to take a little longer for him and his people to make all these determinations,” Hatch said. “They’re moving, but not as fast as I’d like.”

  • George Hilliard

    Maybe if these people weren’t spending their time undermining the president, he might be able to constructive undertakings. All of the mouthy senators are not contributing anything positive. That, I have to conclude, is their intention.

    • Black Opal

      Undermining this president is the only moral thing to do. We only have to keep him crippled until the midterms. Then we can start getting back to mature governance. 😊

      • jaybird

        Sound like you work for George Soros. I bet you were in the women’s march behind that woman terrorist that organized it and has been deported, you probably like Squaw Warren that pays her males on staff more than she pays her female’s on staff. You have been voting Demorat all your life and did not realize that they started the KKK and your life has not gotten any better.

        • Black Opal

          Actually, I voted Libertarian until this election. I couldn’t in good conscience take a vote away from Hillary when her opponent was so obviously evil and incompetent.

          I wish I worked for Soros. That would be a good job. 😒

          • jaybird

            I am guessing you do not know what Soros has done in other countries. You need to investigate before you get on board with someone’s views as are his.

          • Black Opal

            I’m not sure what you think I should find repugnant.

          • Franie

            That’s cause you are of the same cloth as Soros….repugnant!!!! 😝

          • Black Opal

            Thank you. I’m proud you think so. 🙂

          • Franie

            You’re seriously warped!!

          • Black Opal

            More compliments. I’m so flattered. 😊

          • Franie

            You just hung yourself in perpetuity 😝

          • Black Opal

            Nah. The decent people will take Congress back from the criminals in the midterm. That will neuter 45 until we can get rid of him for good in 2020, assuming he hasn’t been removed before then for treason. 😊

          • Franie

            FYI…the democrat party is the party of death, destruction, deceit, perversion, ungodliness, and now the party if hate, obstruction, delay, and the party of NO!!!

          • Black Opal

            Really? I don’t recall any of us joining the rethugs lately. I think you don’t know what you’re talking about.

          • Black Opal

            Well, except for the ungodly part. Religion, christianity in particular, is a mental disease.

          • Franie

            I done with you. Black opal, you’ve got a black heart. I’m done lowering myself to your evil. Don’t bother replying…POS 👹

          • Black Opal

            Bai! ❤️

          • Joe Jones

            Frankie hit it right on the head. You are the one that doesn’t have a clue what is happening here.

          • Black Opal

            I know I was part of a 20,000-strong march in Charlotte on January 21st. I know that there were marches and demonstrations against 45 that day on every continent on the planet, including Antarctica. I know 45’s White House is in chaos, that his supporters in Washington are corrupt, and that his voter base is full of evil people. Did I miss anything? 😊

          • Joe Jones

            And all that accomplished what ? Nothing a huge waste of time energy and money. Trump’s in office as the President of this country. It doesn’t much matter how many stand up and say he’s not my President. They talk about impeachment and it’s just talk. Most people were surprised that he won. Actually I believe even Donald Trump and his family was surprised. But it’s done. And this is it for the next 4 years at the least. People need to get over it and try to find something good out of all this. Funny I already know what your comment will be to This, so make it good. I’m done talking to this brick wall.

          • Joe Jones

            You are a sick person. George Soros is one of the major supporters of pizzagate. Very sick people.

          • Black Opal

            There is no pizzagate, idiot. Even that lunatic Alex Jones admitted that.

          • Joe Jones

            You are truely lost.

          • Joe Jones

            It will be none too soon that you and like thinkers craw back under the rock that you came out from under.

          • Black Opal

            Hardly. We’re marching by the millions and attending town halls and dominating the media. Poor you. 😝

          • Joe Jones

            Yeah Right! What a laugh.

          • Joe Jones

            I guess this only shows your ignorance. When you vote for a different party other than democratic or Republican you are throwing away your vote in this country. If you think the people that control the money and this world is going to let a third party win a U.S. election you’re Nuts. Have you ever seen a Liberian or Conservative up on the stage during the debates? NO. And we never will. The elite can control democrats and republicans but not a third party. The elite or money changers controls the government and the government controls the people. That’s the way it’s been for a very long time and it’s probably the way it will remain unless the American people stand up and say enough is enough. Not much chance of that happening.

      • Richard Frick

        It is people of your persuasion that should be exiled to a lepers camp so that you cannot contaminate the peaceful minded people. You leak slime.

        • Black Opal

          You don’t have the moral high ground, fascist. You never did, but now everyone knows it. Let me know how the leper camp thing goes for you, though. 😊

          • Franie

            You POS 😡

          • Black Opal

            I love you too. 😝

          • Franie

            Black hearts don’t have a clue as to what love is all about!

          • Black Opal

            That’s why rethuglicans do the things they do.

          • Franie

            Is that why democrats are unpatriotic criminals?

          • Black Opal

            No, but it’s why rethugs are traitors.

        • Richard Frick

          It is despicable that a low life would disparage the wonderful people of Color by assuming a moniker that would lead on to believe that you are of color. You are trash and a racist pig.

          • Black Opal

            Black opal is a gemstone, not a race. I doubt you’re familiar with it, since it’s very expensive.

          • Nicodemus

            And Communists aren’t much different from Fascists….simply put, they both believe in rule by the military, communists just do it as a group where fascists have a dictatorial leader. Trump is pro-gun, anti-PC, believes in small government and fewer regulations….O’Vomit and Hitlery were the ‘fascists’ as you like to call them…. Trump Rocks!

          • Black Opal

            He’s just authoritarian in a different way. That’s the word you were looking for, btw. You’re welcome.

      • Franie

        You’re a POS😡

        • Black Opal

          I take an insult from someone like you as a compliment. 😊

      • Sylvia Avila

        What do you know about moral. Dems seem to be carrying a madness virus!!

        • Black Opal

          I’d rather be mad that corrupt and evil. That’s why I’m not a rethug.

    • Sylvia Avila

      Right!! You are!! Dems have proven they do not want to work with the President!

    • Nicodemus

      Including Orrin Hatch, who’s been in D.C. for far too long! (when he first took office, he was one of the good guys…..too many years living in the swamp and he’s not the Constitutionalist he once was…

  • JMH

    The hate and vitriol the Leftists have shown is why they continue to lose elections from cities to counties, from states to federal government.

    The true hypocrisy is the Left calls it self outwardly Progressive which is stating they do not believe in this country’s constitution. Then they have the moral hypocrisy to be sworn in as they ferment and loathe the constitution on their way of Sedition. This has to be addressed and confronted- if not the USA will cease to exist.

    • Franie

      The Left are the MOST INTOLERANT people in this country! They are filled with HATRED. Their dark hearts have been captured by Satan!!!

      Do you realize that they have called for “whitey” to be killed? High time these criminally insane democrats be put in jail, for our safety from them, if nothing else.

      • Black Opal

        There’s no such thing as Satan, either. No goD, no Satan. You are responsible for you. Hiding behind imaginary characters is disgraceful.

  • Joe Jones

    The Senate shouldn’t be allowed to break for recess until they have confirmed nominations. Trump should somehow block the break the Senate doesn’t deserve.

    • Mike

      they don’t have people to confirm because the trump administration has not nominated people for most of the positions. your solution is to punish a chamber of government for not acting quickly enough on people who do not yet exist?

      • Joe Jones

        Granted they have not been expedient in making nominations but the Senate has not been so either in vetting his nominations. A good example is nominated judge Gorsuch forcing the republicans to use their majority to change the rules that govern the Senate and eliminate the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees .That move has been called the “nuclear option,” Actions such as this is an example we can expect from the Senate on future cabinet nominations and I believe this could be a test of the waters so to speak as judge Gorsuch has impeccable credentials yet the Senate has balked on confirming him. Regardless of what you say the democrats have tried to block President Trump at everything he is trying to accomplish. They still are in shock about losing the election and will do everything they can to ensure Trump doesn’t succeed.

        • Mike

          i agree with you on gorsuch. I am ashamed at what the republicans did with merrick garland and I am just as ashamed at what the democrats did with gorsuch. there is no reason for the obstruction of either party on qualified jurists for the supreme court.

          • It was wise for Republicans to not approve an Obama appointee to the Supreme Court.

          • Mike

            No it wasn’t. It was politics and absolutely shameful and it helped lead us to where we are now with the Republicans expanding the so called nuclear option. Unless there is something absolutely crazy making a person unfit for the Supreme Court the person should be confirmed.

          • jaybird

            Harry Reid expanded a long time ago. Accept responsibility!

          • Mike

            He did and it was a terrible idea by Harry Reid. It was shortsighted. This does not make the Republicans decision any better. I understand why they did it. I am very upset that they did confirm Garland last year and I am very upset with the Democrats in forcing the nuclear option for Gorsuch. I don’t agree with all of his decisions, but he is good, qualified jurist and he should have easily been confirmed.

          • jaybird

            I has always been political – Demorats put a Liberal in and the Republicans put in Conservatives that go by the Constitution.

            Liberals do not realize that there are bad decisions and bad people in this world. Conservative people that work hard and pay taxes think that others should do the same.

          • Tom F

            Did you forget the “Biden Rule?” No new Supremes during the last year of a POTUS’ term? They used that on Bush – that’s why we have the witch’s coven on the Supreme Court. Good for the Goose?

          • Mike

            THat is not true. It was suggested by Biden that during Bush’s last few months in office if a seat became open maybe they should wait. It never actually occurred. There was never an opening and the Democrats did not obstruct any nominations from Bush. In addition, the Democrats actually confirmed Justice Kennedy in the last year of Reagan’s final term. So I agree with you if it was good for the goose then why not last year with Merrick Garland?

        • They, still, have their ‘leader’ orchestrating it from his ‘walled in’ abode. Pretty boy & his Dummycrats saw it as unnecessary to build a wall to protect our country. Obviously, the boy thinks he ‘deserves’ more protection than the country, that he hates, deserves.

        • Black Opal

          Correct. 45 will not be permitted to turn this beautiful country into a conservative dystopia. We only have to obstruct everything for two years. By then, 45 will have poisoned his own side so badly that it will be easy to restore a majority of sane, moral, non-criminals to Congress. After the lesson of 45, we’d have to be insane to ever allow conservatives to dominate government again. I’ll be canvassing my neighborhood and driving people to the polls in ’18, and I’m not the only one, by far. 20,000 of us marched on the 21st in my city.

          Of course, it will help a lot if he fails. Let’s make sure he does. 😊

          • Joe Jones

            WHAT a wonderful world this would be without bleeding heart liberals and their gimme more free stuff attitudes. Always with their hands out for more. Too lazy to go to work and prefer welfare over and honest days work, Oh how they must hate that Trump will have a job for all of them, and if they don’t accept it will be bye bye welfare and their free lunch ticket. We could be a Great country again by simply getting shed of all liberals. And we would be very rich too without having to support them. Liberals are about as close to terrorists to this country as anyone comes to mind.

          • Black Opal

            We’re terrorists? Hmm. BOO!

            Are you terrified? 😝

  • needful

    what a bunch of sacks of s**t these republicans are, get off your a**es and do something already!!!!!!!!!

    • jaybird

      What a sack of s*** those Demorats are for being obstructionist.

      • needful

        we can’t lay it all on the democrats,as much as i despise them,the republicans have full control and still drag their feet.

        • Mike

          it is also in large part trump and his administration as they have not nominated people. they need to nominate people so they can be vetted for the appropriate clearance etc. he does not know what he is doing so it is delaying everything.

          • needful

            what about the senate and congress!!!

          • Mike

            They cannot confirm people that have not been presented to them. Trump has to nominate people first. They have to complete the disclosure forms and be vetted. All of that is outside of the Senate’s control. Everyone wants to blame the Democrats and they certainly can be blamed for a lot, but they cannot confirm people who have not been nominated.

          • needful

            i agree,but they won’t even stand with each other,they’re too busy pissing in each other’s shoes on every issue that comes up,and time is ticking away!!

          • Mike

            I agree with you there. It is not like confirming nominees is there only job. It would be nice if they did anything, but they seem content to just do very little.

        • jaybird

          Look at how long the Demorats have taken to approve the ones he has appointed. The Republicans do not have full control, I watched when Obummer was appointing his cabinet and the Republicans did not hold up approval on any that I had concerns about. The head of the BATF had charges against him in MN for abuse of power. He also was heard on tape threatening “whistle blowers” of “Fast & Furious” sting operation. Weeks did not go by before he was approved and there were others that I did not approve of.

          • Old Chappy

            …by the same token, look at the $$$$$$$$$ we are saving by not putting these lesser positions on the payroll.

        • nocbsfan

          When ever a person is nominated for a position, knowing how the press and the demoncrat are going to treat you. You would most likely be reluctant to accept a position as well.

    • nocbsfan

      OK Einstein, direct us. Tell us how to run the country, after today you should truly be enlightened

      • needful

        no corky, keep voting people like grahan,mccain and mcconnel back in ,war mongers and bulls**t artists

        • nocbsfan

          Well if that is the best team you have, you should get a little more picky , but if you really want them I’ll vote for them for you

          • needful

            read it again corkster, i don’t want them, none of them.

          • nocbsfan

            Well needless I am glad you want McCain and especially Graham I think you will do really good with that pair on your side. I will always keep you in mind while you three solve the problems of the world.

          • needful

            well thanks for keeping me in mind corky.

          • nocbsfan

            Your welcome needless, It’s kinda tough though.

  • MILES E DRAKE

    As with our nation’s energy needs, the answer is nuclear. Nuke the Obammunists until they glow – after the Gorsuch victory, every holdover from the criminal traitor mongrel regime should be fired by the President and his/her/xer/zer/its replacement confirmed by the nuclear option. If Rice and the other apparatchiki of the kinky-headed quisling wish to continue to occupy government buildings, we have plenty of correctional institutions for them to stay in.

    • Mike

      It already only takes 51 votes in the Senate to confirm a cabinet member or one of these lower positions.

      • jaybird

        It does not matter how many it takes, the Demorats will hold it up with weeks of nonessential questioning.

        • Mike

          that may happen but the blame first needs to be placed squarely on the trump administration for not nominating anyone.

          • jaybird

            Is that all you can talk about? Why not the positive – he is getting the cost down of our military fleet/planes. He has met with the leaders of at least 17 foreign countries, companies have bided on the wall, he has decreased funding to the UN, etc.

          • nocbsfan

            Mickey doesn’t have a clue as to what is going on, as long as he stays negative about all his comments he believes you wont realize he has no idea about what he is talking about

          • jaybird

            I just hope people on these type of sites investigate before believing some of the stuff that these Liberal trolls post. I got into an argument with one and finally after 6/7 posts he said that I was uneducated because I put the period in the wrong place ( it was in the correct place) but if people are not up to speed they would believe him, in fact 1 actually gave him an up.

          • nocbsfan

            There are several demo that write nothing but negative junk so they really believe they are in a brilliant discussion. Or they are really good actors

  • chris VN

    If they ” boycott ” committee meetings then the nominee should be automatically appointed.

  • Jesustheonlyway

    The Democrats are obstructionists – they will stand in the way of everything and everyone that the Republicans and President Trump want.

  • ONLYJB1

    For once, can we all agree on one name? THEY ARE COMMUNIST and communist sympathizers! If one needs refer to them as democrats then call them for what they are………Democommies! Until we admit what and who we are up against, they will never be defeated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVER

  • dux nobis28

    If it were not for the democrats and thier RINO allies the pace would be quicker!

  • Black Opal

    What a coincidence! I’m looking forward to your leaving as well. 😊