President-elect Donald Trump is taking steps to keep lobbyists out of the new administration, with aides telling reporters Thursday that anyone vying for a top post must sever ties with clients and agree to a new five-year ban on lobbying when they leave government.
“What’s crucial to understand about this lobbying ban is that instead of looking back, it looks forward,” said Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer, in a conference call with reporters.
“The focus of this is that service to the nation, truly is first,” he added. “And that the ability of oneself to enrich oneself is not at the heart of this.”
He called it “true, forward-thinking change.”
Trump also is imposing a lifetime ban on any former administration officials representing foreign governments.
President Barack Obama imposed a two-year lobbying ban for officials leaving his administration, which he instituted by executive order his first day in office.
Thursday’s media call was the first of what is anticipated to be daily scheduled updates with reporters as Trump readies his administration. The president-elect has more than 4,000 jobs to fill early in his administration, with a host of Floridians seen as in the running for some of them.
Gov. Rick Scott also is on Trump’s list of meetings today. The pair are set to meet at Trump Tower in New York City at 1 p.m., according to Scott’s schedule.