Now that former President Donald Trump’s reign is over, members of his administration have been forced to steer their careers in different directions. So where are the members of the Trump administration now? According to The Intelligencer, many do a variety of different things; some of which are synonymous with the questionable activities that have long haunted the Trump administration.
Here’s where Trump’s top White House officials are currently:
1. Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is still trying to distance himself from the kidnapping of Julian Assange. According to Pompeo, he had nothing to do with it.
Pompeo categorically denies any involvement in the plot to kidnap Assange. A report published by Yahoo! New in September, suggested that Pompeo was livid when he learned that Assange had leaked US national security secrets. In fact, the report also claimed that he had participated in discussions with members of the Trump administration on how to obtain retaliation.
However, Pompeo still suggests that the information is not true. âThere are pieces that are true,â Pompeo said during an appearance on The Megyn Kelly Show. “We tried to protect US information from Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, absolutely, yesâ¦ US law does not allow us to commit assassinations. We have never acted in a manner inconsistent with that.”
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2. Former US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin deals with his access to the Secret Service.
Thanks to Trump’s order extending the use of the Secret Service to members of his administration, Mnuchin used the professional advantage to his advantage. The publication reports that during his first six months away, Mnuchin racked up the highest tab in the Secret Service. The Washington Post detailed how Mnuchin managed to rack up over $ 150,000 in Secret Service spending:
Receipts showed agents spent $ 114,000 over the six months to rent rooms at a W hotel in Los Angeles, where Mnuchin has a house. They also followed Mnuchin on three trips to the Middle East, where Mnuchin would seek to raise funds from sovereign wealth funds for a new venture called Liberty Strategic Capitalâ¦
However, Mnuchin’s trips with the Secret Service were not just business. In the six months, records show three separate trips to Cabo San Lucas – the Mexican resort town, where Mnuchin also took a vacation during Trump’s presidency.
To guard Mnuchin during these three trips, records show that the Secret Service paid $ 56,000 for hotel rooms and $ 2,000 to rent golf carts.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mnuchin plans to use the $ 2.5 billion he has raised for travel so he can invest in technology and cybersecurity, as well as “new forms of content.” It is still unclear what Mnuchin specifically describes as “new forms of content”, but “many large tech companies are pushing virtual and augmented reality content hardware and products and digital games.”
3. Wilbur Ross would have fantasized about putting âTrump condos on the moonâ.
In February, after the Trump administration transitioned out of the White House, Ross spoke with Bloomberg and shared his next post-government plans; that involve “Trump condominiums on the moon.”
This particular afternoon, he’s sitting in the living room of his 80-year-old home filled with Magritte and Picasso, sipping a cappuccino, dressed in a cashmere sweater, velvet pants and slippers embroidered with octopus.
Ironically, it is well established in this paradise of earthly delights that Ross is preparing to invest in space, among other possibilities. He sees opportunities in extraterrestrial tourism, manufacturing, research, and housing.
Home? When asked if the space would be a gold-plated real estate opportunity for Trump, Ross didn’t disagree.
“How about Trump condos on the moon?” He retorted.
Ross’s remarks came just months after the U.S. Department of Commerce Inspector General issued a scathing report on the behavior of the former Trump official. According to the Washington Post, the IG report “concluded that Ross had made numerous inaccurate statements to federal officials about his assets prior to taking office, although he did not deliberately violate laws on conflicts of interest”.
4. Ben Carson is starting a business similar to Boy Scouts of America.
After leaving Washington, DC, Ben Carson, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, started an organization called the American Cornerstone Institute. Carson’s new think tank would focus on finding “common sense solutions to some of our nation’s biggest problems.”
Carson also created the Little Patriots program, which is described as a partisan organization for children. Speaking to the Washington Post, Carson explained the organization’s initiative. “It will be something like the Boy Scouts,” Carson told the publication.. “But strongly exposed to the real American history.
âYou probably notice that when ISIS walks into a place, they destroy history, they destroy monuments,â Carson explained. “History is what gives you identity.”
5. Elaine Chao contributed to the calls to boycott Kroger.
Chao, wife of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) And former transportation secretary, worked for several of the country’s largest companies prior to her post in the Trump administration. But Intelligencer reports that “she and other Trump cabinet alumni were struggling to find comfortable landing points after leaving the administration.” Comments were “It’s too soon,” one said. headhunters involved in an unsuccessful effort to find companies willing to work with Chao. “
Despite struggling to re-enter the corporate world, Chao was named to Kroger’s board of directors. But given his history of abuse of his power and his position in government, social media users were quick to express outrage and urged Kroger to remove former cabinet member Trump from his board of directors. .
6. Alex Azar allegedly plotted against his former colleagues.
Former Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar disagrees with many of his former colleagues. In fact, several of them, including – former FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn, former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Robert Redfield, former Medicare chief Seema Verma and former White House COVID coordinator Deborah Birx – reportedly joined forces to prepare their statements regarding the Trump administration’s handling of COVID-19.
According to Politico, they did so out of prudence and out of fear that Azar might use them as “scapegoats” to exonerate himself.
âI know how it goes – everyone has a different perspective,â Hahn said in an interview. “I wanted to say what happened and why it happened and the perspective we had.”
In calls and texts, group members exchanged notes, compared their memories and sent updates on media requests and interview opportunities, four people with knowledge of the matter said.
And in a nod to their individual battles with Azar, some jokingly referred to the group privately as “AAA” or Alex Azar Anonymous, according to a person in direct contact with several members.
On the face of it, many Trump administration officials are still conducting shady business as they did during their tenure.