President Trump has done a poor job at draining Washington DC’s swamp so far, argues the Economist. Despite pledging to do so many times on the campaign trail, he has filled it even more, giving interest groups and lobbyists more playroom than before. Forty-two lobbyists have been linked to either Trump or Pence. Foreign powers sought to take advantage of this, having hired several of them to gain influence. Energy companies are doing very well as Scott Pruitt has hacked away at environmental rules that kept them in line. The president has been awfully close to current and ex-lobbyists for someone that wanted to drain DC’s swamp.
The president has made promising strides in terms of draining the swamp of bureaucracy that bogged down the capital, holds James Freeman of The Wall Street Journal. Reducing the sway that DC bureaucrats have over matters is a priority that President Trump is working on. With Rex Tillerson, he has already successfully reduced the size of the State Department in a series of important enhancements. For a long time now, the agency has been mismanaged while gobbling up resources needlessly. Scott Pruitt has made sure to rid the EPA of its bureaucratic heaviness and liberating businesses. Trump is succeeding at emptying the swamp.