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Trump's team reportedly deemed a staff ethics course unnecessary and canceled it


During the presidential transition, the Trump administration was scheduled to take an ethics and leadership course.

That course was canceled and deemed unnecessary, Politico reports. It would have cost $1 million.

The course would have covered guidance for working within existing laws and executive orders, dealing with media coverage and collaborating with other agencies. 

It has been determined that the requirements ... do not accurately reflect the needs of the current Presidential Transition Team.
Matthew Gormley, GSA contracting officer

Documents obtained by Politico show the class was canceled due to "changes in the [transition team]'s goals for the political appointee orientation program." Those changes included the team's desire to control all of the course's content.

It seems like a good program, and I wish they had implemented it. It might have spared them the numerous ... messes they have encountered.
Norm Eisen, former White House ethics lawyer

Anonymous political appointees at federal agencies told Politico that they have had trouble communicating with longtime agency officials due to a lack of trust. 

Trump aide Kellyanne Conway was under fire after saying, "Go buy Ivanka's stuff," in reference to Ivanka Trump, last month. Despite an Office of Government Ethics report that she violated ethical standards, she was not punished.


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