Trump beefs up lobbying limits for those joining administration

President-elect Donald Trump is imposing new restrictions on lobbyists entering his administration
President-elect Donald Trump is imposing new restrictions on lobbyists entering his administration

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.

Republicans meet in South Florida amid Trump rules fight


Cgkrfw2WYAAXDhO.jpg-largeHOLLYWOOD, Fla. — National Republicans gathering today in South Florida are wrestling with what rules will apply in August in Cleveland when it votes for its nominee.

Front runner, and part-time Palm Beacher, Donald Trump, is far ahead, but might not reach the 1,237 delegates needed to win on the first ballot.

The two men who hope to step in if a failed first ballot leads to a free-for-all second vote, Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, came Wednesday to the RNC’s quarterly meeting. at the Diplomat in Hollywood to woo members in hopes of wrestling the nomination from Trump.

Trump has said the Cruz and Kasich scenarios are evidence of a system “rigged” against him by the GOP establishment. Amid Trump’s constant criticism, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and many of the party officials here appeared skittish about taking any action that might smack of favoritism toward a candidate.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is set to address the meeting at midday followed by the rules committee meeting.

This morning, the Democratic National Committee, in advance of a press call by DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, said, “with Republicans all over the map pledging to skip this summer’s Republican Convention, it’s clear the GOP is in a full-scale freak-out.”