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

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

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.



Jäger's picture

No Swamp drainage, sorry. Please play again.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Why didn't he hire non scum bags that he could trust, in the first place?

Why start with a bunch of the type of guys that helped cause the 2008 economic crisis?

lesterbegood's picture

Perhaps because those were his orders.

44_shooter's picture

Why would you assume its the people he hired.  Its the people he inherited that are the problems.  You're a democrat, you work for the EPA and truly believe in global warming - and now your new boss's boss's boss's boss comes to town and says "your agency and this global warming crap is horse shit - I'm getting rid of this department"  what would you do?  Like any good snowflake, you'd throw a temper tantrum.  And here we are.



booboo's picture

He should have picked his cabinet from Bug Tussle Oklahoma Red Hatters, he would have had a better shot at draining the swamp. If a dozen or so grandmothers don't have the good common sense to smell bullshit and chase it off the front porch of the White House with a straw broom then no one does.

tmosley's picture

There aren't any scumbags who know where all the scumbags are hiding, and their tricks.

JamesBond's picture

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


Jäger's picture

Of course they are Ds- FDR and his dyke wife enabled  the Bolshevik takeover of the US govt in the 30s

mofreedom's picture

Eleanor looks like John Kerry's horse faced grand mother.

But she did have a great quote: Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.


Dancing Disraeli's picture

Dyke's a tad harsh.  Prefer pelt muncher.

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.