Report: Aides installed in Cabinet agencies to monitor loyalty to Trump – AOL

The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Trump’s Cabinet agencies have been populated with aides who monitor secretaries’ loyalty to the president and his agenda.

According to the Post, there are no less than 16 of them stationed in myriad offices including Health and Human Services and Energy.

Reports indicate their presence is not always welcome.

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According to anonymous sources, staffers at the Pentagon have taken to calling the aide charged with watching over Defense Secretary James Mattis “the commissar.”

Ed Kilgore of New York Magazine explained last month that the moniker has a history of being used to describe, “the agents sent to impose ideological discipline, particularly in military units.”

Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has reportedly taken the treatment of his assigned aide a step further.

Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, speaks with members of the media after a working lunch with U.S. President Trump, not pictured, and his cabinet at the Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia, U.S., on Saturday, March 11, 2017. The president and his staff exalted in a 235,000 net increase in U.S. jobs during February, even making light of doubts Trump previously cast on government data showing employment improvements under President Barack Obama. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Citing reports from two senior officials, the Washington Post notes the individual sent there, “offered unsolicited advice so often that after just four weeks on the job, Pruitt has shut him out of many staff meetings.”

Not all aide-secretary relationships have been contentious.

The Post writes, “…at Transportation and Interior…aides to Chao and Secretary Ryan Zinke insisted that the White House advisers work as part of the team, attending meetings, helping form an infrastructure task force and designing policy on public lands.”

The media outlet notes that while past presidents have certainly sent representatives to offer guidance to agencies, Trump’s use of liaisons is considered “unusual.”

Those opposed to the current situation are concerned that the competition for control inherent in the situation could foster an environment rife with suspicion and turmoil.

Counselor to the President: Kellyanne Conway

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Veterans Affairs Secretary: David Shulkin

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Transportation secretary: Elaine Chao

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Energy secretary: Rick Perry

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Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson

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Secretary of Defense: Retired Marine General James Mattis

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Chief of staff: Reince Priebus

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Chief strategist: Steve Bannon


Attorney General: Senator Jeff Sessions

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Director of the CIA: Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo

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Deputy national security adviser: K.T. McFarland

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White House counsel: Donald McGahn

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Ambassador to the United Nations: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

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Education secretary: Betsy DeVos

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Commerce secretary: Wilbur Ross

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Homeland security secretary: General John Kelly

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Housing and urban development secretary: Ben Carson

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Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

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Health and human services secretary: Tom Price

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Department of Homeland Security: Retired General John Kelly

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Secretary of agriculture: Sonny Perdue

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