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Albert R. Hunt

The Fish Still Stink in Trump's Washington Swamp

A cabinet secretary has been ousted for exploiting his position. Where'd he get the idea that that was OK?
Drainage, anyone?

Drainage, anyone?

Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

When Tom Price was pushed out of his cabinet job last month for sticking taxpayers with $1 million worth of private jet travel, the White House explained that his behavior was unacceptable in an administration devoted to draining the Washington swamp.

I wonder where the former Health and Human Services Secretary got the notion that it was OK to mix public service and personal privilege? The values of a presidential administration flow from the top. President Donald Trump has been signaling loudly through his personal behavior that it's fine to use government service for private enrichment.