President Donald Trump is lashing out at Democrats for allegedly stalling his appointments and agenda, but itâs his own administration that is frequently sitting on the necessary paperwork for nominees.
Trump tapped Kevin McAleenan on March 30 to lead Customs and Border Protection, a critical position for his drive to revamp U.S. immigration policy. But the White House didnât formally submit his nomination to the Senate for confirmation until May 22, nearly eight weeks later.
And McAleenanâs nomination is far from alone in taking weeks to be sent to the Senate, where Republicans are growing impatient and bewildered with the Trump White Houseâs historic lag in filling administration posts.
Trumpâs two nominees for the Export-Import Bank board â ex-GOP Reps. Scott Garrett and Spencer Bachus â havenât been submitted to the Senate, despite being named April 14. Trump rolled out a batch of 10 judicial nominations to much fanfare on May 8, but two of them have yet to arrive on Capitol Hill.
And Dan Brouillette, nominated by Trump to be Rick Perryâs chief deputy at the Energy Department, was announced on April 3, yet his nomination wasnât sent by the White House until May 16.
âDo I know why itâs taken so long for any of them?â responded Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), when asked about Brouilletteâs delay.
âI donât know what happens,â the chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee added. âThey go into some dark hole. And eventually they come out. But still.â
Itâs unclear exactly why the Trump White House has been so slow to officially submit some nomineesâ paperwork, but it comes amid broader struggles by the new president to vet senior officials and staff his administration.http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/06/trump-administration-nominees-paperwork-239124