Jay Bookman marvels at the venality of Donald Trump’s personnel. An excerpt:
Everywhere you look at the Trump White House, you see trouble. These people aren’t draining the swamp, they are the swamp. At the EPA, longtime political grifter Scott Pruitt has flung open the doors to the pollution lobby and undermined the role of science in deciding policy. At the Interior Department, Ryan Zinke rules like some tinpot dictator of a Third World country, acting as if rules are for little people and aping the likes of Queen Elizabeth. By Zinke’s orders, a special flag has to be flown above Interior Department buildings when His Royal Highness is in attendance, then lowered when he departs. And when he does depart, it is quite often on a chartered private jet.