(NationalSentinel) Executive Branch: President Donald J. Trump continued his trend of appointing critics of various federal agencies and entities to head them up, lending more credibility to his pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C., in part by making agencies leaner, more efficient and more accountable to the American people.
This time he appointed former U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., as president of the Export-Import Bank, a post he will hold until 2021. While in Congress, Garrett, as a conservative member of the House budget and financial services committees before losing in 2016, was an Ex-Im Bank opponent, the Washington Examiner reported.
Trump campaigned on getting rid of the Ex-Im Bank, but he reversed course this week, telling The Wall Street Journal that a lot of small businesses are helped by the institution.
“It turns out that, first of all, lots of small companies are really helped, the vendor companies,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal. “But also, maybe more important, other countries give [assistance]. When other countries give it we lose a tremendous amount of business.”
Still, Trump’s pick of a critic of the bank to head it up falls perfectly in line with his pledges to clean up federal agencies and trim the fat. Garrett seems poised to do just that.