WaPo: Trump Has Political Advisers At Agencies To Track Loyalty To President

President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the American Center of Mobility, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Ypsilanti Township, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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President Donald Trump has put in place political advisers at several federal agencies to keep an eye on the agency chiefs and make sure that they are staying in line with the President’s agenda, the Washington Post reported Sunday evening.

The aides hold the title “senior White House adviser” and report to Rick Dearborn, former chief of staff to Jeff Sessions who now leads the Office of Cabinet affairs in his capacity as White House deputy chief of staff, according to the Washington Post.

Per the Post:

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.

The aides act as a go-between on policy matters for the agencies and the White House. Behind the scenes, though, they’re on another mission: to monitor Cabinet leaders and their top staffs to make sure they carry out the president’s agenda and don’t stray too far from the White House’s talking points, said several officials with knowledge of the arrangement.

Read the full report at the Washington Post.

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