Categories for Nominations

31,082. 11/30/2019

ECONOMY/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WattersWorld: . @realDonaldTrump won’t get the nomination, Trump won’t win, Stock Market will tank, Russia Collusion…These are the st…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 30, 2019 6:45 pm

30,826. 11/20/2019

FDA/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s nominee for FDA commissioner declined at his confirmation hearing Wednesday [11-20-19] to promise to move forward with an e-cigarette flavor ban that the administration has put on hold…Hahn added that he was committed to ending vaping by teenagers. Trump in September announced his intention to ban flavored vapes including mint and menthol, then reportedly held up FDA action on the ban out of concerns it would cost vaping industry jobs and votes in his 2020 reelection campaign. The FDA guidance, which had cleared Office of Management and Budget review earlier this month, was not listed this morning on the administration’s new regulatory agenda, which sets policy priorities for the next several months. Senate HELP ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) pressed Hahn on the issue, asking whether he would cave to political pressure and White House opposition to the ban.”

Sarah Owermohle, “Trump FDA pick stops short of committing to flavor ban,” Politico, November 20, 2019 12:06 pm

30,616. 11/14/2019

COURTS/NOMINATIONS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Senate on Thursday [11-14-19] confirmed President Donald Trump’s judicial nominee to the powerful 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals despite bipartisan frustration over his refusal to answer questions during his confirmation hearing. In a 51-41 vote, the Senate confirmed Steven Menashi, with moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine joining Democrats in voting against him. Menashi, an associate counsel to the president, faced criticism from Democrats and Republicans for declining to answer questions about his work for the White House or about his tenure as a lawyer at the Department of Education, under Secretary Betsy DeVos…In addition to his confirmation hearing performance, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee criticized Menashi last week for a New York Times story reporting that he wrote a plan for the Department of Education to deny debt relief to students cheated by for-profit colleges.”

Marianne Levine, “Senate confirms controversial Trump judicial nominee,” Politico, November 14, 2019 2:32 pm

30,362. 11/7/2019

COURTS/NOMINATIONS/SENATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday [11-7-19] voted to advance President Donald Trump’s court pick to the powerful 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — setting up a contentious vote when he reaches the full chamber. Steven Menashi, an associate counsel to the president, faced backlash from Democrats and Republicans during his September confirmation hearing for declining to answer questions about his work for the White House or for the Department of Education, where he was a lawyer. And Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said in October she’d oppose Menashi, saying in a statement it was ‘inappropriate’ for the nominee to refuse to answer senators’ questions and that his ‘past writings, particularly about women, LGBTQ advocates, and diversity, raise questions about whether he has the appropriate judicial temperament.’”

Marianne Levine, “Senate Judiciary Committee advances controversial Trump pick,” Politico, November 7, 2019 12:39 pm

30,146. 11/1/2019

FDA/HHS/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Trump said Friday [11-1-19] that he intended to nominate Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, a top executive at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, to be the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. If he is confirmed by the Senate, Dr. Hahn would fill the vacancy left by Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who stepped down as commissioner in April. In doing so, he passed over the acting commissioner, Dr. Norman E. Sharpless, who had the support of previous commissioners and an array of patient groups. The Department of Health and Human Services said Friday that Dr. Sharpless would be returning to his role as director of the National Cancer Institute, which he previously held before taking over as acting commissioner. Dr. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health, will fulfill the duties of acting commissioner while Dr. Hahn goes through the confirmation process.”

Katie Thomas, “Trump to Nominate Stephen Hahn, Cancer Researcher, to Head F.D.A.,” The New York Times online, November 1, 2019

30,060. 10/30/2019

COURTS/NOMINATIONS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump is nearing a milestone in his push to overhaul the federal judiciary with conservative judges. If the Senate confirms a batch of nominees now working their way through the approval process, a quarter of the nation’s 179 appeals court judges — those sitting just below the Supreme Court — will be appointees of Mr. Trump. That number is far higher than the number of appointees to the appeals court that either George W. Bush or Barack Obama had made at this point in their presidencies. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday [10-31-19] on advancing a group of nominees, including several to the appeals court. But in a break from most other nominees over the past two and a half years, two of them do not have uniform support among Republicans. Votes on Steven J. Menashi, a White House lawyer being considered for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals based in New York, and Halil Suleyman Ozerden, a federal judge in Mississippi nominated for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals based in New Orleans, had been delayed.”

Rebecca R. Ruiz, “Two Disputed Judicial Nominees Could Help Trump Reach Milestone,” The New York Times online, October 30, 2019

29,724. 10/21/2019

DHS/ELECTION/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Nearly a year before the 2020 election, President Trump is running out of options in his search for a leader for the Department of Homeland Security who could win Senate confirmation or even serve in an acting capacity — and still carry out the president’s immigration crackdown. The White House’s top personnel official advised Mr. Trump on Monday [10-21-19] that two potential choices to lead the department, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the acting director of the agency overseeing legal immigration, and Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, are both ineligible for the position of acting homeland security secretary under the federal law that dictates who can fill secretary positions without Senate confirmation. The Wall Street Journal and Politico first reported the development. Kevin K. McAleenan announced more than a week ago that he would leave as the fourth head of the department in Mr. Trump’s nearly three years in office.”

Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Maggie Haberman, “Trump Running Out of Options for Homeland Security Secretary,” The New York Times online, October 21, 2019

28,533. 9/18/2019

FEMA/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The White House will pull the nomination of Jeffrey Byard to be the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency after a federal inquiry into a possible barroom altercation involving Mr. Byard prompted concern in Congress and the White House, according to federal officials familiar with the investigation. While the F.B.I. determined that the allegations facing Mr. Byard were unsubstantiated, the White House is expected to nominate the current acting administrator of FEMA, Peter T. Gaynor, to lead the agency instead. That move is expected before the end of the month, officials said. President Trump said in February that he would nominate Mr. Byard after Brock Long resigned as the chief of the agency.”

Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Christopher Flavelle, “White House to Pull Nomination of FEMA Pick Amid Claims of Barroom Altercation,” The New York Times online, September 18, 2019

28,432. 9/16/2019

COURTS/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “…..’These Conservative Judicial appointments will impact our nation for years to come,’ said Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, who leads the Judiciary Committee and who has been speeding through Trump nominees.’ The entire Court System is changing at a record pace!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 16, 2019 6:21 am

28,361. 9/12/2019

COURTS/GOP/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Sen. Ted Cruz will oppose President Donald Trump’s nominee for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Halil Suleyman ‘Sul’ Ozerden, a major setback for the embattled nomination. Cruz (R-Texas) has informed the White House and colleagues this week that he will oppose Ozerden, according to three people familiar with the Judiciary Committee’s internal dynamics. That conservative opposition places in doubt the future of Ozerden, who is a close friend of acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, and whose nomination Mulvaney pushed over the objections of the White House Counsel’s office…The Senate Judiciary Committee has held a hearing for Ozerden but has not yet held a committee vote. Republicans are split on whether he will move forward: Some believe the White House may have to withdraw the nomination, others want to push him through despite reluctance among conservatives about Ozerden. Other undecided senators are digging into the nomination.”

Burgess Everett, Marianne Levine and Eliana Johnson, “Ted Cruz will oppose Trump’s judicial nominee,” Politico, September 12, 2019 4:30 pm

27,156. 8/2/2019

INTELLIGENCE/NATIONAL SECURITY/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump said Friday [8-2-19] that Rep. John Ratcliffe is withdrawing his bid to become Director of National Intelligence, days after the president floated his name. The announcement comes after Democrats and some Republicans have raised questions about whether the Texas congressman exaggerated his work as federal prosecutor of terrorism cases. Others questioned Ratcliffe’s experience and whether he could give the president unvarnished advice on Russia given his strong partisan views…Trump announced Sunday [7-28-19] that Dan Coats, a former Indiana senator who has held the job since early 2017, would step down this month. Disagreements between Coats and Trump on Russia, North Korea and other matters have often spilled into public view.  Ratcliffe had described himself as a ‘terrorism prosecutor,’ citing that as one of his key national security credentials.”

John Fritze, David Jackson and Michael Collins, “Donald Trump: John Ratcliffe withdrawing his name to be Director of National Intelligence,” USA Today, August 2, 2019 4:15 pm

27,149. 8/2/2019

MEDIA/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Our great Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media. Rather than going through months of slander and libel, I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and his family to deal with these people….”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 2, 2019 1:06 pm

27,148. 8/2/2019

NOMINATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “….John has therefore decided to stay in Congress where he has done such an outstanding job representing the people of Texas, and our Country. I will be announcing my nomination for DNI shortly.”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 2, 2019 1:06 pm

27,037. 7/30/2019

INTELLIGENCE/NATIONAL SECURITY/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Aides to the congressman chosen by President Trump to lead the nation’s intelligence agencies were forced on Tuesday [7-30-19] to clarify his claims that he had won terrorism convictions as a federal prosecutor, as his background came under new scrutiny. Mr. Trump’s pick, Representative John Ratcliffe, Republican of Texas, had said on his House website and in campaign material that he had tried suspects accused of funneling money to the Hamas terrorist group. But instead, an aide said, Mr. Ratcliffe had investigated side issues related to an initial mistrial, and did not prosecute the case either in that proceeding or in a successful second trial. The questions about Mr. Ratcliffe’s résumé came amid broader concerns from Democrats and even some Republicans about the depth of his experience and his partisan outspokenness.”

Julian E. Barnes and Nicholas Fandos, “Trump’s Pick for Top Intelligence Post Overstated Parts of His Biography,” The New York Times online, July 30, 2019

26,997. 7/29/2019

INTELLIGENCE/NATIONAL SECURITY/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Republicans hesitated on Monday [7-29-19] to embrace President Trump’s choice for the director of national intelligence, and some privately expressed doubts about his potential confirmation, echoing concerns of experts and Democrats that he was too inexperienced and too partisan. Mr. Trump’s pick, Representative John Ratcliffe of Texas, could face an uphill battle, Senate Republicans said in private conversations. Several said they wanted to keep the intelligence post apolitical, and Mr. Ratcliffe will need to show he can move beyond the die-hard conservative persona that has made him a star in the House and on Fox News but less well known among senators who will decide whether to confirm him…The cool reception from members of the president’s own party reflected the split at hand: For what is supposed to be perhaps the most nonpartisan job in Washington, Mr. Trump selected one of the capital’s fiercest political warriors.”

Julian E. Barnes, Nicholas Fandos and Adam Goldman, “Republican Senators Are Cool to Trump’s Choice for Top Intelligence Post,” The New York Times online, July 29, 2019

26,992. 7/28/2019

INTELLIGENCE/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “I am pleased to announce that highly respected Congressman John Ratcliffe of Texas will be nominated by me to be the Director of National Intelligence. A former U.S. Attorney, John will lead and inspire greatness for the Country he loves. Dan Coats, the current Director, will…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 28, 2019 3:45 pm

26,991. 7/28/2019

INTELLIGENCE/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “….be leaving office on August 15th. I would like to thank Dan for his great service to our Country. The Acting Director will be named shortly.” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 28, 2019 3:45 pm

26,922. 7/25/2019

MILITARY/NOMINATIONS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Senate Thursday [7-25-19] overwhelmingly voted 89 to 1 to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley. Milley is currently serving as chief of staff of the Army…The chairman is the highest-ranking military officer in the country and serves as the principal military adviser to the President. The lone dissenting senator was Democrat Jeff Merkley of Oregon. A spokesman for Merkley told CNN that the senator ‘was concerned by Gen. Milley’s stated support for building up the US’s nuclear arsenal and deployments’ and ‘voted no accordingly.’ The current chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Joseph Dunford, who took on the role in 2015, is expected to serve out the remainder of his term which will finish at the end of September…Trump took the unusual step of announcing his pick to replace Dunford on Twitter back in December, nearly a year before the end of his term.”

Ryan Browne, “Senate confirms Gen. Mark Milley as next chairman of the Joint Chiefs,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, July 25, 2019 5:09 pm

26,919. 7/25/2019

MUSLIMS/NOMINATIONS/OBAMA/RACISM/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump’s pick for the top spokeswoman job at the Treasury Department repeatedly spread conspiracy theories that suggested then-President Barack Obama was secretly a Muslim who was sympathetic to America’s enemies. Monica Crowley, who was appointed by Trump last week as assistant treasury secretary for public affairs, made multiple comments spreading these false claims on her personal blog and in at least one tweet between 2009 and 2015, according to a review by CNN’s KFile team. Crowley also endorsed a story claiming Obama was an ‘Islamic community organizer’ trying to conform the United States to Sharia law and claimed conspiracy theories about Obama’s birth certificate were ‘legitimate concerns.’ During Obama’s presidency, Trump was one of the most prominent voices pushing the so-called birther conspiracy theories questioning Obama’s birthplace.”

Andrew Kaczynski and Nathan McDermott, “Treasury pick Monica Crowley spread Obama smears: ‘Can he be both loyal to Islam and loyal to the United States?’,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, July 25, 2019 4:11 pm

26,709. 7/18/2019

LABOR/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “I am pleased to announce that it is my intention to nominate Gene Scalia as the new Secretary of Labor. Gene has led a life of great success in the legal and labor field and is highly respected not only as a lawyer, but as a lawyer with great experience….” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 18, 2019 7:22 pm

26,703. 7/18/2019

LABOR/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “….working with labor and everyone else. He will be a great member of an Administration that has done more in the first 2 ½ years than perhaps any Administration in history!”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 18, 2019 7:22 pm

26,679. 7/18/2019

LABOR/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Trump said Thursday [7-18-19] that he would name Eugene Scalia as his next secretary of labor, tapping the longtime labor lawyer and son of the former Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia for a position with vast responsibility over the American work force. The appointment is likely to be contested by Democrats and labor unions because Mr. Scalia has a long record of representing Walmart and other companies that pushed back against unions and tougher labor laws. He was a top lawyer for the Labor Department in the George W. Bush administration and is currently a partner in the Washington office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, a prominent corporate law firm. In a post on Twitter, Mr. Trump said Mr. Scalia ‘has led a life of great success in the legal and labor field and is highly respected’…If confirmed, Mr. Scalia will replace Alexander Acosta, who was distrusted by anti-labor conservatives during his two and a half years in the job.”

Maggie Haberman, Noam Scheiber and Michael Crowley, “Trump to Nominate Eugene Scalia for Labor Secretary Job,” The New York Times online, July 18, 2019

26,310. 7/5/2019

COURTS/GOP/JOE BIDEN/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Former Vice President Joe Biden said he would be open to renominating to the Supreme Court federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland, whose Senate confirmation in 2016 was thwarted by the Republican Senate . In an interview with Iowa Starting Line on Friday [7-5-19], the Democratic presidential hopeful called Garland a ‘first-rate person.’ Obama first nominated Garland in 2016 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, announced the Senate would not consider an appointment until after the presidential election. Upon taking office, President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat…Biden said he would not try to expand the court as president, but added that reforming campaign finance laws to allow for public financing could reduce partisan gridlock during judicial nominations.”

Rishka Dugyala, “Biden open to renominating Merrick Garland,” Politico, July 5, 2019 2:38 pm

26,248. 7/3/2019

ECONOMY/FEDERAL RESERVE/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump’s call on Wednesday [7-3-19] for the U.S. to manipulate its currency to boost exports is in direct conflict with the long-held view of at least one key scholar: his newest pick for the Federal Reserve board, Judy Shelton. Shelton, who advised Trump’s presidential campaign and is now U.S. executive director for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, has spent decades calling for a more stable, predictable dollar value. She wants central banks to do as little as possible to interfere with markets. As part of that, she thinks the Fed should more aggressively reduce the massive portfolio of bonds that it purchased to prop up the economy after the financial crisis. But Trump wants the Fed to buy more bonds to inject additional cash into the economy…Trump said Tuesday [7-2-19] he intends to nominate Shelton and St. Louis Federal Reserve economist Christopher Waller to the Fed board, his latest attempt to assert control over the central bank and pressure it to cut interest rates to spur the economy.”

Victoria Guida, “Trump tweet puts him at odds with his Fed nominee,” Politico, July 3, 2019 5:05 pm

26,238. 7/3/2019

FEDERAL RESERVE/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “On a steamy afternoon in late May, Judy Shelton was camped out in the lobby of the Trump Hotel in Washington, holding court with reporters from her perch on a high-backed couch. She had chosen the location, a symbolic backdrop for a big moment in her career. Her name had surfaced as being under consideration for one of two open seats on the seven-member Federal Reserve Board of Governors. For a proponent of the gold standard who has spent a career criticizing the Fed, a nomination offered a chance to shape the institution from within. Ms. Shelton, 65, has spent years positioning herself, penning opinion pieces and tweets praising President Trump’s policies, from tariffs to tax cuts. She was an adviser to his campaign and served on his transition team. But before nabbing the Fed job, Ms. Shelton made a final transformation, publicized partly from the air-conditioned calm of the hotel atrium. Long a critic of low interest rates, Ms. Shelton now said they should drop, potentially to zero — a pivot that made headlines and put her in line with Mr. Trump, a cheap-money devotee.”

Jeanna Smialek, “Trump’s Decision to Tap Shelton Creates Political Risk for the Fed,” The New York Times online, July 3, 2019