One of the rallying cries of Donald Trump throughout the campaign was “Drain the Swamp!” Trump vowed that, if elected, he would rid Washington, D.C., of lobbyists and special interests. On Tuesday, Vice President-elect Mike Pence took the first step.
As reported by NBC News, Pence, who replaced New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as head of the Trump transition team, has ordered the removal of all lobbyists from the team—to bring the transition more in line with the “drain the swamp” pledge.
The Hill reports that Trump had been under fire for having “roughly a dozen registered lobbyists working in and around the transition team.”
Those lobbyists included Rob Collins of S-3 Group, Mike Catanzaro at CGCN Group, Martin Whitmer of Whitmer & Worrall, J. Steven Hart at Williams & Jensen and tobacco company Altria’s Cindy Hayden, among others.
In addition to the removal of lobbyists, former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), once seen as a candidate to lead the CIA, had also left the Trump transition team. Rogers had been told that those brought on by Christie were being let go, the Journal reported.
Apparently Pence’s move was ‘in the nick of time.’
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) – who hammered Trump throughout the general election campaign – on Tuesday threatened to “track Trump’s every move” if he failed to remove the lobbyists.
“If you refuse. I will oppose you, every step of the way, for the next four years. I will champion the millions of Americans you will fail to protect. I will track your every move, and I will remind Americans, every day, of the actions you take that fail them.”
Anyway, Trump said in a “60 Minutes” interview on Sunday that lobbyists were the only option he had, telling Leslie Stahl: “That’s the only people they have down there.”
Meanwhile, the Trump administration continues to take shape.
Following the naming of RNC head Reince Priebus as White House Chief of Staff and former Breitbart head Steve Bannon as Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to the President, speculation grew on Tuesday that long-time Trump friend and confidant Rudy Giuliani would be soon named Secretary of State.
Incidentally, despite the determined efforts of anti-Trump protesters across America, and the protestations of the liberal media, Gallup found the day after the election that 84 percent of Americans accepted Donald J. Trump as the 45th President-elect of the United States – while 15 percent did not.