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President Donald Trump promised as a candidate that he would hire only “the best people” for his administration. In just the past few days, he has publicly attacked at least three of those people — including two who are in supposedly independent positions.
On Friday, Trump attacked a recommendation from the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) that his counselor Kellyanne Conway be removed from office for her repeated violations of the Hatch Act.
“[T]hey are trying to take away her right of free speech,” he complained in a Fox News phone interview. “It’s not fair.”
His administration had released a statement earlier suggesting that the OSC’s findings “seem to be influenced by media pressure and liberal organizations” and urging that it “be mindful of its own mandate to act in a fair, impartial, non-political manner, and not misinterpret or weaponize the Hatch Act.”
The OSC, established in 1979 to be an independent agency to investigate and prosecute violations of the Hatch Act and other personnel practice prohibitions, is headed by Henry Kerner, a Trump appointee.
For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon – We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2019
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