Ethics Director Says Trump Has Made The US A 'Laughingstock' Abroad

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 18, 2017

Walter Shaub, who will resign his position July 18, made the comments in an interview with The New York Times. And he's torching the Trump administration on his way out.

Shaub thinks Trump's repeated trips to his own businesses - most notoriously his weekend jaunts to his Mar-a-Lago resort, as well as most recently one of his golf clubs this past weekend to attend the U.S. Women's Open tournament - make it look like the office of the presidency is one giant advertisement for Trump's family enterprises.

"In a statement to the Times, the White House accused Mr Shaub of "grandstanding" and" lobbying for more expansive powers in the office he holds".

"Mr. Schaub's penchant for raising concerns on matters well outside his scope with the media before ever raising them with the White House - which happens to be his actual day job - is rather telling", Lindsay E. Walters, a White House spokeswoman, said in a statement that misspelled Shaub's name. "It undermines the government ethics program by casting doubt on the integrity of government decision making".

Trump's repeated trips to his family's business properties - he has visited one of them on at least 54 days since moving into the White House almost six months ago, including almost 40 stops at a family golf course - have caused discomfort for Shaub each time. He believes that the agency should have clear ethics oversight authority over all parts of the White House, limited subpoena authority and new conflict of interest standards for the president.

Despite his well-earned reputation for pushing back against the President, however, Mr Shaub said he never meant to start a rift with Mr Trump.

Before leaving office, Shaub is expected to meet with Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to discuss those proposed reforms. He will officially step down from the Office of Government Ethics later this week, about six months before the end of his term.

"It's clear that there isn't more I could accomplish [at the OGE]", Mr Shaub told The Washington Post of his resignation. "My goal from the start has been to advance the ethics program, not a political goal".

In an appearance on "Fox & Friends", Conway urged viewers to "go buy Ivanka's stuff" after Nordstrom made a decision to drop Ivanka Trump products from its stores. "I'm going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody".

"Executive branch officials should use the authority entrusted in them for the benefit of the American public and not for private profit", Shaub wrote in a letter to Trump's deputy counsel. "I recommend that the White House investigate Ms. Conway's actions and consider taking disciplinary action against her".

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