COMMISSARS: TRUMP HAS INSTALLED POLITICAL LOYALISTS TO MONITOR DISSENSION WITHIN EXECUTIVE AGENCIES

  1. Political loyalists devoted to Trump are monitoring executive agencies in order to ferret out those who may be disloyal. [from the article]

2.Even Sec. Mattis is being monitored by a political officer for whom he derisively calls a “commissar”. [from the article]

3.Commissars served the same function in the former Soviet Union: ensuring the ideological loyalty of those controlling the organs of government. [The Intellectualist]

The political appointee charged with keeping watch over Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his aides has offered unsolicited advice so often that after just four weeks on the job, Pruitt has shut him out of many staff meetings, according to two senior administration officials.

At the Pentagon, they’re privately calling the former Marine officer and fighter pilot who’s supposed to keep his eye on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis “the commissar,” according to a high-ranking defense official with knowledge of the situation. It’s a reference to Soviet-era Communist Party officials who were assigned to military units to ensure their commanders remained loyal.

Most members of President Trump’s Cabinet do not yet have leadership teams in place or even nominees for top deputies. But they do have an influential coterie of senior aides installed by the White House who are charged — above all — with monitoring the secretaries’ loyalty, according to eight officials in and outside the administration.

This shadow government of political appointees with the title of senior White House adviser is embedded at every Cabinet agency, with offices in or just outside the secretary’s suite. The White House has installed at least 16 of the advisers at departments including Energy and Health and Human Services and at some smaller agencies such as NASA, according to records first obtained by ProPublica through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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