Trump administration today
A person close to Mr. Trump said he was reluctant to let go of Mr. Flynn because Mr. Flynn had vigorously supported him at a stage of his presidential campaign when few people did. Mr. Trump also felt Mr. Flynn did nothing wrong in his conversations with the U.S. ambassador to Russia and had good intentions.
This is consistent with my previous posts and comments on Trump. I previously wrote:
Trump likes to reward people who are loyal to him, and especially those who were loyal to him back when everyone said he had no chance of winning anything and that anyone who associated with Trump was an evil racist. Flynn was one of those loyalists whom Trump rewarded.
I also expressed doubt that Flynn did anything wrong by talking to the Russian ambassador.
The WSJ quote, however, is consistent with Flynn doing a bad job and Trump using this opportunity to get rid of him.
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I haven’t yet written anything about Andrew Puzder.
I think it’s unfortunate that Puzder was rejected by the Senate. With previous experience as a lawyer and specifically with labor law, and as CEO of a big corporation that hires a lot of people, especially at the bottom end of the economy, I think no one was better qualified to lead the Department of Labor, especially as an outsider.
People are wrong to mix up the position that Puzder has to take as a CEO and a lawyer where his job is to be an advocate for the positions of his employer, and his own personal politics which are unknown. Puzder had to support more immigration and lower minimum wage because it benefited the fast food company he worked for.
For example, just because I wrote marketing copy for my former employer’s website doesn’t mean that I believe any of the crap that I wrote. I was just doing my job. The same applies to Puzder.
If Trump thinks that Puzder would advocate for Trump’s positions as Secretary of Labor, then I have no reason not to accept Trump’s judgment. If Puzder were to change his loyalty from CKE Restaurants to the American people, then he would have been a great force for good, as no one knows better the two-faced arguments made by big corporations to benefit shareholders at the expense of the American worker. But unfortunately, with his rejection by the Senate, that won’t happen.