OTHER RECENT GRADS or GLADS




TODD RICKETTS  BEST EXCUSE YET  - SMART
Withdrew his bid.  The son of TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, a major GOP donor, could not easily unload his share in some of the family’s holdings, such as the Chicago Cubs.  (Things got batter with Madden)


PHILIP BILDEN

The president’s nominee for Navy secretary, venture capitalist, also cited his inability to meet the OGE ethics agreement when he pulled out in February.   (FAILED ETHICS 101)

VINCENT VIOLA

Trump’s first choice for Army secretary, billionaire high-frequency trader apparently dropped out for similar reasons. When his company was planning to go public in 2014, though, it disclosed that regulators were looking into it’s trading practices. 


BURGER MEISTER PUZDER’S

Withdrawal never got much attention because it happened just two days after Trump fired Michael Flynn as his national security adviser over his contacts with the Russian ambassador. The longtime CEO of the company that owns Carl’s Jr. was bowing to the reality that he wouldn’t have the votes to get confirmed by the Senate.  Many in the White House felt his burgers sucked and so did he.  One employee asked is he still wearing those bed sheets and pointy hats.


BORIS EPSHTEYN  - GOT TIRED OF ALL THE CARTOONS

Who as a special assistant to the president was in charge of managing all TV appearances by White House officials, also didn’t make it until the end of the first quarter.   “ Epshteyn also earned a reputation as someone who is combative and sometimes difficult to work with, even when he arrives at studios as a guest of a network. 


GERRIT LANSING - SAW THE LIGHT BEFORE THE DARK

Gave up his job as the White House’s chief digital adviser after a month because he was unwilling to cut financial ties to a company in which he held an ownership stake, Politico reported last week:  The controversy put White House press secretary Sean Spicer in an awkward spot.   As the RNC’s chief strategist, Spicer denied to Politico in mid-2016 that Lansing had any financial stake in Revv. ‘


JASON MILLER - COMM. DIRECTOR  DIDN’T LIKE THE DARK SIDE

Was supposed to be White House communications director until he suddenly announced on Christmas Eve that he wanted to focus on his family instead.  Miller instead took a job at Teneo Strategy, the firm founded by former Bill Clinton loyalists which Republicans used to frequently attack.


MONICA CROWLEY -   NOT QUALIFIED - CONFLICTING STORIES

Was going to oversee communications in a senior job on Trump’s National Security Council, but she was felled by a plagiarism scandal the week before Trump took office. In March, she registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk.


K. T.  MC-FARLAND   - SECURITY ADVISOR 

Deputy national security adviser who had been brought on by Flynn, is expected to leave her post soon to become U.S. ambassador to Singapore.  


CRAIG DEARE - NOT A TRUE TRUMP FAN

Trump’s own pick to be the NSC’s senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, was dismissed in mid-February after word got back to the White House that he’d trashed the president and Bannon during an off-the-record event hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center.   Deare had complained to a group of academics that senior national security aides did not have access to the president.

SHERMICHAEL SINGLETON - NOT A FAN OF TRUMP

 A senior adviser to Ben Carson was escorted out of the Housing and Urban Development department headquarters by security after someone completing his background check found a critical op-ed he wrote about Trump last fall for The Hill. One of Trump’s relatively few African American political appointees, had been planning a cross-country tour for Carson. 

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