Since taking office, it has been clear that President Donald Trump is keen and adamant on giving his personal friends and business colleagues positions of authority in the federal government. This was notably seen as his cabinet officials for top agencies in the country seemed to contradict what the agency itself stood for, with some examples including oil magnate Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, or his attempt to nominate longtime employee oppressor Andrew Puzder for Labor Secretary. Despite criticism, Trump wants to continue to stack public office with his friends.
Reports emerged on Sunday claiming that the president is now leading a private push to have his personal pilot and friend, John Dunkin, become the head of the Federal Aviation Administration. According to an article from Axios:
‘Trump has told a host of administration officials and associates that he wants John Dunkin – his longtime personal pilot, who flew him around the country on Trump Force one during the campaign – to helm the agency, which has a budget in the billions and which oversees all civil aviation in the United States’
The move presents another example in which Trump fails to nominate individuals with inherent public office experience, rather pushing for associates that have business knowledge. Although officials close to the administration have stated that Dunkin has experience in airline management and corporate operations, what is not considered is the reality that business dealings and government policy are two entirely unrelated topics.
President Trump is pushing to have his longtime personal pilot, John Dunkin, to head the Federal Aviation Administration, according to an Axios report https://t.co/EDMbTg0dgS pic.twitter.com/GTtTdAYaVc
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 26, 2018
Other candidates for the position, according to the same report, include Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), as well as the current administrator of the FAA Dan Elwell, who has been lauded for his work thus far in the administration. Dunkin, however, has been able to influence the president, reportedly having told him in the past that tarmac delays and other issues could be easily solved if a pilot was head of the FAA.
"My pilot, he's a smart guy, and he knows what's going on," Trump said of his longtime personal pilot, John Dunkin, whom he wants to name as head of Federal Aviation Administration.#Maddow https://t.co/eVigdEmzNB https://t.co/Nj7biSRvpD
— Polly Sigh (@dcpoll) February 26, 2018
Disregarding the fact that Dunkin was able to, fairly easily, sway the opinion of the president, the reality is that continuing to put unqualified individuals into public office will not only create issues of ethical foundations, but may cause further detriment to the agencies given their lack of experience with public policy.
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