Categories for Nominations

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

26,224. 7/2/2019

CONGRESS/FEDERAL RESERVE/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday [7-2-19] that he intends to nominate Judy Shelton, a prominent advocate of returning to the gold standard, and St. Louis Federal Reserve economist Christopher Waller to the U.S. central bank’s board. The selections come after two of the president’s earlier picks for the Fed board withdrew from consideration amid an onslaught of criticism from members of both parties. The choice of Shelton, which follows months of Trump pressuring the Fed to cut interest rates, may also spark a backlash from lawmakers because few economists share her view that the dollar should be pegged to gold prices. Trump has increasingly sought to assert control over the Fed in the face of signs that the economy may be weakening, broadsides that Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has ignored. Still, the Fed is considering a rate cut later this month for the first time in a decade, citing trade tensions and slowing global growth. Two previous Trump nominees, Stephen Moore and Herman Cain, withdrew in the face of opposition from Senate Republicans, a stinging blow to the president’s efforts to install political loyalists at the central bank.”

Victoria Guida, “Trump taps 2 for Fed board, risking new clash with Congress,” Politico, July 2, 2019 10:07 pm

26,216. 7/2/2019

FEDERAL RESERVE/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “After failing to advance his last two picks for the Federal Reserve, President Donald Trump on Tuesday [7-2-19] put up two new selections for the central bank. Trump said via Twitter that he plans to nominate Christopher Waller and Judy Shelton to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Waller serves currently as the executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He has been with the bank since 2009, according to its website, and was a professor at the University of Notre Dame prior to that. Waller could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening. Karen Branding, a spokesperson for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, said in a statement that Waller was approached by the White House in June ‘regarding a possible governor appointment to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and met with the President July 2nd.’ Shelton serves as the US executive director of the European Bank of Reconstruction & Development.”

Rob McLean, “After two failed attempts, Trump announces two picks for the Federal Reserve,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, July 2, 2019 7:53 pm

26,214. 7/2/2019

FEDERAL RESERVE/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “…Judy is a Founding Member of the board of directors of Empower America and has served on the board of directors of Hilton Hotels.”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 2, 2019 5:36 pm

26,213. 7/2/2019

FEDERAL RESERVE/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “I am pleased to announce that it is my intention to nominate Judy Shelton, Ph. D., U.S. Executive Dir, European Bank of Reconstruction & Development to be on the board of the Federal Reserve….”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 2, 2019 5:36 pm

26,212. 7/2/2019

FEDERAL RESERVE/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I am pleased to announce that it is my intention to nominate Judy Shelton, Ph. D., U.S. Executive Dir, European Bank of Reconstruction & Development. Judy is a Founding Member of the board of directors of Empower America and has served on the board of directors of Hilton Hotels.”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 2, 2019 5:10 pm

26,211. 7/2/2019

FEDERAL RESERVE/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “….Prior to his current position, Christopher served as a professor and Chair of Economics at Notre Dame.”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 2, 2019 5:08 pm

26,210. 7/2/2019

FEDERAL RESERVE/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “I am pleased to announce that it is my intention to nominate Christopher Waller, Ph. D., Executive VP and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Missouri, to be on the board of the Federal Reserve….”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 2, 2019 5:08 pm

25,918. 6/21/2019

DEFENSE/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Trump nominated Mark T. Esper, the secretary of the Army and former West Point classmate of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on Friday [6-21-19] to be the next defense secretary. If confirmed, Mr. Esper, an Army infantryman who fought in the Persian Gulf war of 1991 before becoming a lobbyist for Raytheon, would succeed Jim Mattis, who resigned in December during a dispute over pulling American troops out of Syria. Mr. Esper is set to become acting defense secretary on Sunday, after the abrupt resignation of Patrick Shanahan, who was also nominated by Mr. Trump to the top Pentagon job. Mr. Shanahan withdrew on Tuesday amid news reports about his 2011 divorce. The president nominated Ryan McCarthy, the under secretary of the Army and a former Army Ranger, to succeed Mr. Esper. He also nominated David Norquist, the Pentagon’s chief financial officer, to be the next deputy defense secretary.”

Helene Cooper, “Trump Nominates Mark Esper as Next Defense Secretary,” The New York Times online, June 21, 2019 

25,880. 6/19/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/ETHICS/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE/UN: “President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations hit headwinds Wednesday [6-19-19] as senators questioned the impact of her family’s coal fortune on her ability to work on climate issues at the world body. Kelly Craft, the current US ambassador to Canada, acknowledged during a Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing that fossil fuels contribute to climate change and said she would recuse herself from any UN discussions on coal. But as senators raised the question again and again, Craft hedged on the degree to which fossil fuels drive climate change, which the UN described in November as an ‘existential crisis.’ For at least one senator, Craft’s nuanced stance wasn’t good enough. Craft will be replacing former ambassador Nikki Haley, who resigned in October. The job is not expected to be the Cabinet level posting that Haley insisted upon, leaving Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton firmly in control of US foreign policy. But Craft’s political connections as a major Republican donor, both to Trump and lawmakers, may give her more behind-the-scenes clout with the White House and the Republican-controlled Senate than Haley wielded.”

Nicole Gaouette and Jamie Crawford, “Senators press Trump nominee for UN ambassador on climate and her coal ties,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 19, 2019 7:19 pm

25,870. 6/19/2019

GOP/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Republicans expressed relief on Tuesday [6-18-19] when President Donald Trump announced Mark Esper, who currently serves as Secretary of the Army, would be the new acting Secretary of Defense after the dramatic implosion of Patrick Shanahan’s nomination. Esper is replacing Shanahan to lead the largest agency in the federal government as the administration faces multiple foreign policy challenges across the globe. In multiple interviews and press availabilities, GOP lawmakers, aides, and defense experts voiced confidence in Esper, calling him ‘solid’ and ‘qualified.’ Though his seven years working for the Defense contractor Raytheon and his role helping to implement some of Trump’s more controversial policies are likely to come under scrutiny from Democrats, Republicans are so far pleased with the Esper pick. The announcement came after a gut check by the President, who called allies around Washington Tuesday morning to confirm they approved of Esper before making the announcement about the pick and Shanahan’s withdrawal on Twitter, according to two sources close to the administration.”

Michael Warren, “Trump’s pick for acting Pentagon chief soothes GOP concerns,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 19, 2019 4:53 pm