March 20, 2017
WHO WATCHES THE WATCHERS?:
Pentagon leaders have reportedly given their White House political overseer a Soviet-era nickname (Peter Weber, 3/20/17, Washington Post)
At the Environmental Protection Agency, for example, Don Benton -- a former Washington state senator who ran Trump's campaign in the state -- offered his unsolicited opinion on policy matters so frequently that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has reportedly disinvited him from meetings, in a situation one official described to The Post as out of an episode of Veep. Pentagon officials privately call Brett Byers, charged with keeping an eye on Defense Secretary James Mattis, "the commissar," The Post reports, helpfully explaining that the nickname is "a reference to Soviet-era Communist Party officials who were assigned to military units to ensure their commanders remained loyal."
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 20, 2017 4:32 AM