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Mon Jul 22, 2019, 10:41 AM

'It's a disaster over there': Commerce reaches new heights of dysfunction

Hat tip, Joe.My.God:

REPORT: Commerce Dept In Upheaval, Ross Sleeps Through Meetings When He’s Not Kissing Trump’s Ass

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‘It’s a disaster over there’: Commerce reaches new heights of dysfunction
Under Secretary Wilbur Ross, the department is chaotic and adrift.

By DANIEL LIPPMAN 07/22/2019 05:01 AM EDT

Constant infighting among top officials. Sudden departures of senior staffers without explanation. A leader who is disengaged and prone to falling asleep in meetings. ... The Commerce Department has reached its apex of dysfunction under Wilbur Ross, according to four people with knowledge of the inner workings of the department. The 81-year-old Commerce secretary, who has for months endured whispers that he is on the outs, spends much of his time at the White House to try to retain President Donald Trump’s favor, the sources said, leaving his department adrift.

He’s hardly the only top Trump official to seek the president’s approval. But department insiders say they’ve rarely seen Commerce so rudderless -- and they say Ross’s penchant for managing upward at the expense of his staff is leading to what one plugged-in observer described as “a disaster over there.”

“With our ongoing trade wars and the census looming, Commerce needs functional leadership in order to be effective, and right now they just don’t have it,” said Theo LeCompte, a former top Commerce official in the Obama administration who speaks often with former colleagues.

One common complaint: Ross, a successful investor before Trump tapped him for his current job, isn’t frequently seen in the building talking to employees or rallying them to do good work. ... “He’s sort of seen as kind of irrelevant. The morale is very low there because there’s not a lot of confidence in the secretary,” said a former outside adviser to Commerce who is still in touch with many employees inside the department. “He’s not respected in the building.”
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mahatmakanejeeves Jul 22 OP
Scarsdale Jul 23 #1

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Tue Jul 23, 2019, 06:50 AM

1. The description most likely

could apply to any department under the tRump administration. Nobody competent will ever be put in charge, just ass-kissing tRump cronies. Wilbur even looks like he is on another planet in any photo I have seen of him lately. Does he think this position is merely a "hobby" to pass his time at?

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