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In Trump's swamp, the corporate lobbyists are in charge

Jul 17, 2019 - Washington Post Blogs
Board and Executive Moves

After Jim Mattis stepped down as secretary of defense, President Trump installed Patrick M. Shanahan, a longtime employee of Boeing, the country's second-largest military contractor, as his acting replacement.

When Shanahan withdrew from consideration to be officially nominated as secretary, Trump found another candidate: Mark T. Esper, currently secretary of the Army and a longtime employee of Raytheon, the country's third-largest military contractor.

Is the swamp drained yet?

That the U.S. military should be led by people who have devoted their careers to maximizing profits for the defense industry is something that almost no one in Washington seems to think is the least bit inappropriate...