The White House Ethic’s director has had enough of Donald Trump and his administration. And he isn’t the one to wait around to be fired by Trump. He proudly resigned.
Ethics Chief Walter Shaub who has openly slammed Trump’s presidency more than a few times posted his resignation letter Thursday on Twitter. Which seemingly could go for another shot at Trump who likes to announce almost EVERYTHING on Twitter.
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) July 6, 2017
As reported by The Washington Post, Shaub says he isn’t being forced to leave the administration.
“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.”
Now Shaub may not be leaving under pressure, however, it’s clear he no longer wanted to be a part of the crooked administration. And he’s been working as the ethics director under 3 presidents as he stated in his resignation letter.
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.
Shaub has voiced his disdain over Trump’s ethics abuse even before he was president and just a business man. As reported by The Hill, In November, the OGE’s official Twitter account began sending out sarcastic missives after the newly elected president wavered about whether he would disconnect himself from his businesses. Tweeting “Brilliant! Divestiture is good for you, good for America!”
But with his shading, Shaub made his stance clear, telling The New York Times back in May after Trump’s constant ethics abuse,
I’m not fighting against him. I’m fighting for the ethics program. And there is a difference. Because if I succeed, he’ll benefit.
And he is right. As stated in his letter, Shaub plans to continue the ethics protection outside the White House with his new position at Campaign Legal Center. According to Townhall.com Shaub, who submitted his resignation as OGE director this afternoon, will expand the capacity of CLC’s ethics program, which has a long track record of holding accountable government officials on both sides of the political aisle.
Good for Shaub, leaving the toxic environment but still using his gift to fight for what right. We need more people who are miserable in the Trump administration to speak up and step outside of the White House and do work that actually is valued.
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