President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on the promise to “drain the swamp” and has pledged to “make our government honest again.” He is living up to his words by having everyone in his administration sign a form that prevents them from becoming a registered lobbyist for five years after they leave government service.
Trump communications director Jason Miller and Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer announced on Wednesday that anyone being vetted for a high position in his administration must provide a termination of lobbying form if they are a registered lobbyist.
In addition, when someone from his administration leaves the government, they will be banned from being a lobbyist for five years as part of the agreement to serve in Trump’s administration.
“Not only will people will not be able to registered state or federal lobbyists, but when they leave government, they will be banned from being a registered lobbyist for five years,” Spicer said.
“Why that is crucial is that it goes back to Mr. Trump’s goal of making sure that people aren’t using the government to enrich themselves and using their service in government to do that,” he added.
“Everybody’s a lobbyist down there,” Trump told CBS’ Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes.”
“That’s the problem with the system — the system,” Trump said. “We’re doing a lot of things to clean up the system. But everybody that works for government, they then leave government and they become a lobbyist, essentially. I mean, the whole place is one big lobbyist.”
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