Another official government Twitter account appears to have joined the Resistance, according to a tweet from the executive branch’s ethics watchdog.
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics, which is an agency dedicated to holding members of the executive branch accountable to federal ethics standards, sent a cryptic tweet this morning that appears to rebuke President Trump. While he wasn’t specifically mentioned in the tweet, the account posted a meme to its account that cited a U.S. statute describing the role of public servants and elected officials:
§ 2635.101 Basic obligation of public service.
(a)Public service is a public trust. Each employee has a responsibility to the United States Government and its citizens to place loyalty to the Constitution, laws and ethical principles above private gain.
— U.S. OGE (@OfficeGovEthics) May 12, 2017
OGE Director Walter Shaub has been outspoken about the questionable nature of President Trump’s arrangement concerning the handoff of his business empire to his adult children, calling it “wholly inadequate” after it was rolled out in January. Shaub argued that it would be impossible to meet conflict of interest standards set for previous presidents unless he sold off all of his assets and placed them in a blind trust not run by a family member.
“The plan the president-elect has announced doesn’t meet the standards that the best of his nominees are meeting and that every president in the last four decades have met,” Shaub said during a speech at the Brookings Institution.
Trump isn’t the only White House official to face criticism from the executive branch’s chief ethics officer. When Kellyanne Conway used a Fox News interview to hawk First Daughter Ivanka Trump’s merchandise, and after Trump refused to issue any disciplinary action, Shaub criticized the White House for not taking ethics rules seriously.
“It is critical to the public’s faith in the integrity of government that White House employees be held to the same standard of ethical accountability as other executive branch employees,” Shaub wrote in an official letter to Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland), the chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.