Longtime White House ethics chief Walter Shaub has made the decision to leave his role in the White House, and we have Donald Trump to thank.
Despite the fact that Shaub insists that Trump didn’t push him out, his resignation letter says differently. In a telling statement, Shaub made it perfectly clear that he believes (as many of us do) that the Trump administration’s first priority is profiting off of the presidency. For an ethics chief who has been around long enough to serve during former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, this is a pretty big deal.
You can check out Shaub’s letter below:
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) July 6, 2017
According to The Washington Post:
In an interview, Shaub said he was not leaving under pressure, adding that no one in the White House or the administration pushed him to leave. But the ethics chief said he felt that he had reached the limit of what he could achieve in this administration, within the current ethics framework.”
Shaub also gave a statement to the Campaign Legal Center that was even more revealing. Shaub said:
I have had the honor and privilege of serving the American public at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics under three presidents – George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. In working with the current administration, it has become clear to me that we need improvements to the existing ethics program. I look forward to working toward that aim at Campaign Legal Center, as well as working on ethics reforms at all levels of government.”
Most of us were already well aware that Trump’s administration was corrupt beyond belief, however, this admission from Shaub brings it to a completely different level. Trump and his team have made it impossible for people like Shaub – who actually care about the country and its values – to do their jobs effectively, forcing them to leave. The fact that a WH ethics chief thinks he can make more of a difference outside of the president’s administration is proof enough.
It has been frequently reported that Trump and his family are using the presidency for profit – however, those reports have been overshadowed by Trump’s many other scandals, particularly the Russia one. But we should not overlook this – Shaub’s resignation is a big deal, and Trump’s administration should be examined closely.
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