Trump's remarks about firing the State Department IG show how he's destroyed the norm of oversight - 2020-05-19
The headlines coming out of President Donald Trump's media availability on Monday were all about his stunning announcement that he's taking hydroxychloroquine, a drug with potentially dangerous side effects like hallucinations and heart failure, in an apparent attempt to ward off coronavirus.
But somewhat lost in the shuffle was another jarring development: His rationale for firing State Department Inspector General Steve Linick — apparently at Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's request, even as Linick was actively investigating Pompeo — left everything to be desired. It also exposed Trump's contempt for the notion that oversight can be fairly conducted by any official not loyal to him.
Asked what specifically Linick was doing that he thought warranted his dismissal, the president said, "I don't know. I don't know anything about him. I don't know anything other than the State Department, and Mike in particular, I guess they were not happy with the job he's doing or something."