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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Wilbur Ross
Ross, Trump, Billionaire Cabinet

Billionaire Wilbur Ross, Trump’s Commerce Pick, Has Offshored 2,700 Jobs Since 2004

While supporters say Ross saved thousands of U.S. jobs by rescuing firms from failure, data attained by Reuters shows that rescue effort came at a price: textile, finance and auto-parts companies controlled by the private-equity titan eliminated about 2,700 U.S. positions since 2004 because they shipped production to other countries.

January 17, 2017
Trump, Senate Hearings

Senate Hearings Delayed For Three Wealthy Trump Nominees

The Senate Commerce Committee said on Tuesday it was moving Ross’s hearing to Jan. 18 from Jan. 12 because Ross has not completed all of the necessary government paperwork. The Ross delay came shortly after postponements of hearings for Trump’s choices to head the Education and Labor departments.

January 10, 2017
Trump, Ross, USTR, Commerce Department

Crony Cabinet: Trump’s Commerce Pick Is No Stranger To Protectionism

Ross’ history owning and defending embattled steel and textile manufacturing companies that have relied on border duties to protect their industries means he will bring a unique approach to the commerce secretary job, departing from the traditional role of cheerleading for free trade and big business.

January 10, 2017
Trump, China

China Critic Lighthizer Named As U.S. Trade Representative

Lighthizer is not expected to be the Trump administration’s leading voice on trade policy. Last month, Trump’s team said that task would fall to the U.S. Commerce Secretary nominee, billionaire investor Wilbur Ross.

January 3, 2017
Ross, Commerce, Trump

Trump’s Commerce Pick Has Deep Business Ties With Putin Associates

Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, tapped by Trump to serve as his secretary of commerce, has been the top shareholder in a Cypriot bank with deep Russian ties and investors who made their fortunes under Russian President Vladimir Putin.

December 21, 2016
Trump, Ross, USTR, Commerce Department

In Trump’s Unusual Cabinet, Commerce Secretary Will Run Trade Policy

Traditionally, the USTR takes the lead on negotiations for trade deals, while Commerce, a massive sprawling agency, handles enforcement actions including anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations of low-cost imports.

December 21, 2016
Ross, Trump, Billionaire Cabinet

Trump’s Billionaire-Loaded Cabinet Will Face Ethics Test

While the president and vice president are largely exempt from government ethics rules, President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed Cabinet isn’t.

December 19, 2016
Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary

Commerce Secretary Pick May Have the Biggest Conflict Of Them All

Wilbur Ross has made a fortune in the steel industry — an industry of which the Commerce Department has significant oversight. In fact, the Commerce Department is slated to make no fewer than five decisions about steel trade soon after the inauguration which will directly affect businesses that Ross has a stake in.

December 18, 2016
Crony: Linda McMahon's family gave $5 million to Trump's foundation

Pay For Play? Consider Donald Trump’s Crony Cabinet

During the campaign, Trump shrieked “pay for play!” to defame the Clintons over and over again, without proof. But now he is doling out top positions in government to the patrons of his campaign, his businesses, and even his foundation.To Trump, a post in his cabinet is not a commitment of trust granted on behalf of the people, but a plum to bestow on any crony who once did him a favor.

December 11, 2016
Trump, Press

Trumpism Looks Like Mainstream Conservatism — So Far

In Trump’s picks for economic and domestic policymaking jobs, there’s a consistent underlying thread. Most of them could have been nominated by any GOP nominee. There’s nary a populist among them — not even the conservative kind.

December 8, 2016
Steve Mnuchin, evictor, forecloser, and our new Treasury Secretary

A Goldman Sachs Banker and A Billionaire Tapped For Economic Posts

The flurry of picks showed Trump, a real estate tycoon with no governing experience, rewarding loyalists and established Washington veterans as he rounds out his circle of top advisers.

November 30, 2016