As a candidate, Trump regularly railed against lobbyists and led crowds in chants of â€œDrain the swamp!â€ But as president, Trump last month signed an executive order that weakened significant aspects of the Obama ethics policy, including scrapping a ban on lobbyists joining agencies they had recently lobbied.
Ethics experts say Burrâ€™s hiring is a troubling example of how the new administration has greased the revolving door.
â€œA lobbyist like Burr may de-register on Monday and enter the Trump Administration on Tuesday,â€ said Craig Holman of the watchdog group Public Citizen. â€œThe very same agency Burr has been lobbying as a hired gun is now Burrâ€™s to help run. This is a grave problem for the public because the agency may well represent the special interest rather than the public interest.â€
Given that lobbyists, billionaires, major campaign donors, and Goldman Sachs executives now litter Trump’s cabinet and are either brazenly unqualified, incompetent, or ethically conflictedâ€”or any many cases, all three at onceâ€”one wonders what Trump supporters think about his “Drain the Swamp” slogan and how it’s being fulfilled.