Trump Embeds 'Loyalty Monitors & Enforcers' Across Cabinet Agencies

Tyler Durden's picture

In an Orwellian-sounding step, The White House has planted politically appointed aides in government agencies to monitor President Trump's Cabinet secretaries’ loyalty (according to The Washington Post).

Barry Bennett, a former Trump campaign adviser, encouraged the embed strategy, however.

“Especially when you’re starting a government and you have a changeover of parties when policies are going to be dramatically different, I think it’s something that’s smart,” Bennett told the newspaper.


“Somebody needs to be there as the White House’s man on the scene. Because there’s no senior staff yet, they’re functioning as the White House’s voice and ears in these departments.”

The network of political appointees reports to Rick Dearborn, left, the White House deputy chief of staff for policy, according to administration officials.

As The Hill details, every Cabinet agency has an embedded appointee, with the job title senior White House adviser, who is situated near the secretary’s office, the newspaper reported.

These appointees report to the Office of Cabinet Affairs instead of the Cabinet secretary. 


The appointees serve as observer and White House enforcers, the Post reports, ensuring that the agency’s leadership implements the president’s agenda.


Agencies with embedded appointees include large departments like Energy and Health and Human Services, as well as smaller agencies including NASA, records shared with the Post from a ProPublica Freedom of Information Act request show.

Some of the aides are reportedly being shut out by the secretaries and the aides.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has shut out the aide in his agency for offering unsolicited advise during his staff meetings, the Post reports.

Sounds very Orwellian even in the face of constant leaks - maybe better to full drain that swamp first?

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Mr. Universe's picture

Things have taken a turn for the surreal.

cowdiddly's picture

Things have a tendency to do that if you read the Washington Post.

greenskeeper carl's picture

This is kinda ridiculous. I can understand not trusting the careerists in many of these agencies, but monitoring your cabinet secretaries is pretty bizarre. If you even THINK that kind of thing is needed, why the fuck did you appoint them?

Manthong's picture

For you history buffs…

I am thinking of “The Night of the Long Knives” right about now.

yrad's picture

"If you sink and drown, you were not a witch."

Manthong's picture

..sounds refreshing to me.

auricle's picture

Trust but verify. I like it. 

tmosley's picture

>Orwellian sounding

How to tell if you are a retard.

Zorba's idea's picture

President Trump is operating in a swamp full of Jurasic creatures. Man has to do what he has to do. 

divingengineer's picture

One question, where do I apply?

yovatti's picture
yovatti (not verified) Manthong Mar 20, 2017 7:04 PM

Trump is a delusional fascist scumbag.


DaddyO's picture

How would you know such things, mirroring in your Johari window again?


MagicHandPuppet's picture

So unfortunate that there are so many traitors and leakers that they need to be babysat like this.  Hopefully, this will help the draining and purging pick up pace!

Miskondukt's picture

As much as I want to see it, weekday draining? 

kochevnik's picture

Hillary works for the biggest ones

Manthong's picture might be a bit warmer when Kristallnacht  happens agaon.

yovatti's picture
yovatti (not verified) Manthong Mar 20, 2017 7:13 PM

Yeah, the world's losers always need to blame their failure on the successful.

Surely it's not YOUR fault that mommy has to still support you, because you can't hold a decent job. It must be the Jews' fault.


kochevnik's picture

Are you a Dancing Israeli?

Is-Be's picture

But, but, we are all equal.

New_Meat's picture

hey manthong, who are the brownshirts in this "Operation Hummingbird?"

Much more likely it will happen to the Democratics.

Of course, every unit gets its very own Kommisar ;-)

Manthong's picture

..most folks do not realize how many homo s were culled out the ranks back then.

It might be too much to wish for that to happen to the modern trans-demo-Nazis now.

Life is just a caberet, my friend.   :-)


Sword61's picture

Same though came to me, that and the Soviet political managers that were appointed in Stalins time. Ouch..... when did the west become one of the bad guys.......................

mofreedom's picture

Soros appointed O's cab and O had to take them up the dookie shoot. Trump knows what he wants done and damn sure it will get done.

The left hates the word dookie shoot unless they are playing with a little one.


greenskeeper carl's picture

Thats kinda my point. If you need to bother with things like 'loyalty monitors' why appoint them? If you doubt that your appointee will get shit done, and may need someone looking over their shoulder and reporting back to you, appoint someone else.

Bollixed's picture

Carl, maybe 'loyalty monitors' is just a WaPo term and is used as a way to denigrate a normal job function that used to be referred to as a Liaison.

Manthong's picture

It’s about goddam time that Bannon or somebody Gnarfles the Garthok there.

After 300 rounds, Obama could have done it.

Canary Paint's picture

Things have a tendency to do that since 3 acronyms got smoked in a short period of time: JFK RFK MLK.

Somehow, I don't think we ver got over that.

Manthong's picture

CIA, .GHWB.. DFW ..GWB  RIP JFK RFK …. Might be a connection somewhere there.

But now we have NSA to worry about......

oops, Love Field back then.and GW was just a shrub.......


giorgioorwell's picture

Surreal is all you're going to get from a reality tv show president with a band of loonies who can't even agree which side of wall street they are on.

lil dirtball's picture

This is a well-managed freak show. Gotta hand it to the folks who write this shit. I always wondered where 'chao' was going to come from for the 'ordo'. The world hasn't been this insane in generations - maybe never ... and yet there's still room for expansion.

Watch as they transform Trump into Caligula Nuevo.

Zorba's idea's picture

Alongside the Reuters feed in the Oval office the potus shoud have a live NSA feed to feret out the rats in real time. First, I would have Gen Mattis station a Marine Corp Division right near Barry's new residence..Knock, knock..candy gram for whatever your name is.

lesterbegood's picture

Just another turn on this road of illusion. More to come...

44_shooter's picture

desperate times call for desperate measures.

sureal is what was inherited from that POS obama.



JamesBond's picture

Just a reminder, only 7% of federal workers call themselves republican.


Miskondukt's picture

Where is this data? This is validation worthy.

giorgioorwell's picture

Dick-tator is as Dick-tator different from Chavez, Mussolini or Pinochet. 

Billy the Poet's picture

So true. Members of the executive branch should not be required to follow the President's orders.

Mazzy's picture

So Hilary would've done differently?

Red Team or Blue Team doesn't matter too too much.  We're simply at that stage in history and conditions are ripe for these kind of events to happen.  So they happen.



fbazzrea's picture

i suspect the president's loyal team will appreciate having someone at their back while busy with new responsibilities. dropped in the midst of unfriendlies 'til they build their own team.


Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Mazzy Mar 20, 2017 8:09 PM

Because Obama the wannabe dictator has set up the Black House in DC and thinks to dethrone Trump.

Consuelo's picture



 While i can sympathize with the President's sentiment here - what with not knowing who he can trust, unfortunatlely moves like these play right into the waiting claws of minority leader Shylock and his cadre of ne'er-do-wells out to paint Trump as 'paranoid & dangerous'...

Billy the Poet's picture

The American people decided that Trump was the lesser of two dangerous paranoids. That's what we have to work with.

crossroaddemon's picture

So maybe it's time to accept that this voting shit Does. Not. Work.

Billy the Poet's picture

How many people have to come to that conclusion before a body of individuals capable of functioning outside the system coalesces? You need more allies. But are you willing to let others go through the process of learning about their own sovereignty? Good people are supporting Trump in good faith. Walk with them in good faith and you may be able to shepherd them.

Oldwood's picture

And yet he complains of dictators. I'm not sure what you think the alternative to voting is.

crossroaddemon's picture

Near term? I think we're fucked. I no longer believe large systems can ever be anything but tyrannical. The only option that offers freedom is local sovereignity, and I no of no way to get there from here. One hopes that the long term future is one of sovereign citizenry, but you and I won't live to see it.