When it comes to immigration, Trump is demanding extreme vetting, “extreme, extreme vetting.”
Regular vetting, even as strict as it is now, is just not enough.
Extreme vetting is designed to keep out anyone who does not share “American values” or is not prepared to “embrace a tolerant American society.”
Saying what you want and what it is may be one thing, but to be the example, the model of it is another.
Now Trump may know how it should be done, but he doesn’t seem to have mastered the art of vetting himself.
It would be surprising that the extreme vetter had chosen a man, Rob Porter, to be on the White House staff even though his two ex-wives had accused him of abuse while they were married to him with his first wife accusing him of having been “verbally, emotionally and physically abusive “, and his second wife saying he physically assaulted her during their marriage and she was constantly scared of his anger.
Certainly something like this would have come up during the vetting for a White House position in the administration that said it would clean the swamp.
I suppose, considering the number of people that needed to be hired, one questionable person might have slipped in by mistake especially since Trump bragged during the campaign that he knew all of the best people, but:
- Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser resigned after it was found he had discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office and misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.
- Philip Bilden withdrew from consideration in February because of government conflict-of-interest rules after Trump had picked him for secretary of the Navy.
- Caroline Wiles, another Trump pick for his director of scheduling, resigned after failing a background check.
- Gerrit Lansing,White House chief digital officer, stepped down after failing an FBI background check.
- Tom Price, Health and Human Services Secretary, resigned after using taxpayer money for expensive private charter planes for personal business even though the trips were approved by the Trump administration.
- The Mooch, Anthony Scaramucci the White House communications director, had to go because he made after profanity-laced comments to The New Yorker magazine.
All of these seemed to have backgrounds and character that should have kept them from even being considered.
Add to these the ones that had to be let go:
- Stephen Bannon, Reince Priebus, Omarosa, and James Comey,
people who backed away from a appointment prior to being vetted:
- Mark Green, Trump’s nominee for Army secretary,.
- Jason Miller, Trump’s early choice for White House communications director,
- James Donovan, a Goldman Sachs Group Inc banker who was nominated for deputy Treasury secretary,
- Todd Ricketts, Trump’s choice for deputy secretary of commerce, and
- Vincent Viola, nominated by Trump to be secretary of the Army,
And those who resigned for a variety of reasons:
- Michael Dubke, White House communications,
- Walter Shaub, head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics,
- Michael Short, senior White House assistant press secretary,
- Sean Spicer, White House press secretary in July,
and those who didn’t make the cut:
- Robin Townley, aide to national security adviser Flynn who was denied security clearance to serve on the U.S. National Security Council,
Trump isn’t too good at picking people.
Yet, he is the champion of vetting.
Someone who is that bad at picking people who he thinks are up to the job he wants to give them, and had given them, does not speak well of his ability in that area.