From the Grit Post‘s Tom Cahill:
With the departure of Defense Secretary James Mattis, industry lobbyists now make up four of President Trump’s cabinet secretaries. The New York Times’ Eric Lipton reminded his followers Wednesday that secretaries for several of the most important agencies the executive branch of the federal government — like the Departments of Defense, Interior, and Health and Human Services — are lobbyists for the industries those agencies are ostensibly supposed to be regulating.
Since Trump has been president, Boeing has spent approximately $28 million lobbying Congress. This has resulted in many lucrative deals for the aerospace contractor, most recently winning a $400 million contract to build B-1 and B-52 bombers just before the end of 2018, according to Reuters. To his credit, Patrick Shanahan — the acting Secretary of Defense — recused himself Wednesday from matters involving his former employer.
More on this from Grit Post after you see the tweet:
As of Thursday, DOD will be run by a former senior Boeing executive. EPA is run by a former coal lobbyist. HHS is run by a former pharmaceutical lobbyist. And Interior will be run by a former oil-industry lobbyist. Welcome to 2019.
— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) January 3, 2019