Team Trump Asks State Dept. How Much It Spends On Int’l Environmental Orgs

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A questionnaire from President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team asked State Department employees to report how much money the agency had paid to international environmental organizations, the Washington Post reported Monday.

According to anonymous sources within the State Department, employees in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs were given a questionnaire last week which asked in part: “How much does the Department of State contribute annually to international environmental organizations in which the department participates?”

Trump has repeatedly pledged to cancel billions of dollars in “global warming payments to the United Nations” and “cancel all wasteful climate change spending,” the newspaper noted. But the request from Trump’s transition team raises questions about the politicization of career government employees.

Just last week, the Department of Energy rejected a request from Trump’s transition team to list staffers at the department who worked on climate policy under President Barack Obama, saying in part that they would “not be providing any individual names to the transition team.” An unnamed transition official told CNN the following day that the questionnaire was “not authorized” and that the person who sent it had been “properly counseled.”

A spokesman for the President-elect did not respond to the Post’s request for comment about the State Department questionnaire.

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