Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE March 28, 2019, 8:31 AM GMT By Dareh Gregorian More than two years after then-President-elect Donald Trump said he wanted his Cabinet officials to look the part, his administration is filled with actors — but probably not in the way he intended. A large ensemble of acting agency heads have been cast in temporary roles across the administration, and that can hamper how the agencies do their jobs, government experts tell NBC news. In the Cabinet alone, there is an acting secretary of defense, an acting interior secretary and an acting chief of staff. There's also an acting United Nations ambassador (a position the administration is downgrading to sub-Cabinet level), an acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and an acting Drug Enforcement Agency administrator. As the Trump administration grappled earlier this month with … [Read more...] about Help Wanted: Trump administration riddled with vacancies
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By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: February 4, 2019 at 10:32 am | UPDATED: February 4, 2019 at 10:32 am By Juliet Eilperin, Josh Dawsey and Seung Min Kim | Washington Post WASHINGTON – From the Justice Department to Veterans Affairs, vast swaths of the government have top positions filled by officials serving in an acting capacity – or no one at all. More than two years into Trump’s term, the president has an acting chief of staff, attorney general, defense secretary, interior secretary, Office of Management and Budget director and Environmental Protection Agency chief. To deal with the number of vacancies in the upper ranks of departments, agencies have been relying on novel and legally questionable personnel moves that could leave the administration’s policies open to court challenges. The lack of permanent leaders has started to alarm top congressional Republicans who are pressing for key posts to be filled. “It’s a lot, it’s way too … [Read more...] about Concern grows over Trump’s myriad ‘acting’ officials
Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post Published 4:24 am PST, Wednesday, January 30, 2019 A demonstrator wearing a mask in the likeness of President Donald Trump prepares to swing a golf club at a globe during the People's Climate Movement March in Washington, D.C., on April 29, 2017. A demonstrator wearing a mask in the likeness of President Donald Trump prepares to swing a golf club at a globe during the People's Climate Movement March in Washington, D.C., on April 29, 2017. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Eric Thayer Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Eric Thayer Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 A demonstrator wearing a mask in the likeness of President Donald Trump prepares to swing a golf club at a globe during the People's Climate Movement March in Washington, D.C., on April 29, … [Read more...] about Trump’s ‘wrecking ball’ on science threatens public health and environment, report says
By Roberta Rampton, Matt Spetalnick and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When U.S. national security adviser John Bolton branded Venezuela as part of a hemispheric "troika of tyranny" in a speech in November, the Trump administration was still struggling to decide how far it would go in confronting the country's socialist president, Nicolas Maduro. But what has taken shape in recent days is a sharply more aggressive approach based on President Donald Trump's full-throated backing for opposition leader Juan Guaido and bolstered by a coordinated diplomatic response with many of Venezuela's neighbours, who rapidly followed suit in withdrawing recognition of Maduro's rule. Driving this hardened U.S. stance is the growing assertiveness of more hawkish White House aides led by Bolton, Vice President Mike Pence's deep engagement on the issue, a push by anti-Maduro U.S. lawmakers and the arrival of like-minded rightist presidents in Brazil and Colombia, according to people familiar … [Read more...] about With Venezuela convulsed by crisis, Trump’s hawks take dramatic turn
1 of 53 View 53 Items Ravell Call, Deseret News Ambassador Jon M. Huntsman Jr. and his wife Mary Kaye are interviewed at Spaso House in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. By Jesse Hyde | November 1, 2018 at 4:00 am MDT In a Deseret News exclusive, reporter Jesse Hyde and photojournalist Ravell Call went to Moscow to meet with U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. In a series of conversations, Huntsman reveals what happened immediately after the Helsinki summit, the tense state of affairs between the U.S. and Russia, and how a new personal health scare is putting his life and career in perspective. MOSCOW — In the early morning hours of July 17, Jon Huntsman Jr., the U.S. ambassador to Russia, boarded a plane for Brussels. He had just left the Helsinki Summit, the first official meeting between presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Now he was being dispatched to meet with the ambassadors of the 28 other NATO nations … [Read more...] about The last statesman: Can Jon Huntsman, Jr. keep the art of diplomacy alive in the time of President Trump?