David Brock Announces American Bridge Trump Administration Accountability War Room

David Brock Announces American Bridge Trump Administration Accountability War Room

Dedicated Research, Communications, and Rapid Response Operations to Focus on Holding Trump Accountable

American Bridge founder David Brock this morning announced the establishment of a new American Bridge project specifically focused on ensuring President-elect Donald Trump and his incoming Administration are “accountable, transparent, and held in check.” Brock was joined by American Bridge President Jessica Mackler and James Carville for a call to emphasize the need for a robust Trump accountability operation. 

Noting that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 2.5 million more votes and that Trump remains historically unpopular, Brock highlighted that while Trump may be president-elect, he definitively does not have a mandate. Brock also added that the Democratic Party clearly requires a thorough restructuring at the national and state levels. American Bridge’s new Trump project will be part of that effort, and at the center of Democratic efforts to hold Trump accountable.

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American Bridge Statement On Trump’s Nomination of Ben Carson As HUD Secretary

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following statement on Donald Trump’s nomination of Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: 

“Just a few weeks ago, Ben Carson admitted he isn’t qualified to serve in the administration. And as HUD Secretary, Carson — who has described public housing as ‘communist’ — would have control over housing policy and the power to shatter the lives of millions of Americans.

“Trump didn’t pick Carson for his policy expertise, so it was probably Carson’s willingness to boost Trump’s real estate interests that sealed the deal. But Carson’s openness to corruption and proclivity for bigotry aren’t qualifications. For once, Ben Carson is right: he has no place in government.”

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Trump Celebrates Deal To Outsource 1,300 Jobs

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following statement on Donald Trump celebrating his “deal” to give Carrier millions in tax breaks as it continues to outsource:

“For his entire career, Donald Trump has outsourced, imported foreign labor, and profited off companies that offshore jobs. Trump claimed he’d ‘bring back jobs,’ but now he’s celebrating a deal to give away millions in tax breaks to an outsourcing company that’s shipping 1,300 jobs to Mexico. Empty campaign promises aside, Trump is clearly still an outsourcer at heart.”

Background:

“The Scant Details That Have Emerged So Far Raise Doubts About The Extent Of The Victory…This Suggests Hundreds Will Still Lose Their Jobs At The Factory.”

“[T]he scant details that have emerged so far raise doubts about the extent of the victory. By enabling Carrier’s Indianapolis plant to stay open, the deal spares about 800 union workers whose jobs were going to be outsourced to Mexico, according […]

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American Bridge Statement On Trump’s Nomination Of Wilbur Ross As Commerce Secretary

Erratic, irresponsible, and ruthlessly self-interested, Donald Trump has appropriately selected billionaire coal investor Wilbur Ross — known for running the Sago Mine where 12 miners tragically died, despite 270 safety violations over the two years leading up to the disaster — to be his Secretary of Commerce.

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following statement on Trump’s nomination of his close friend Wilbur Ross, a billionaire coal investor and banker who’s helped Trump avoid personal bankruptcies, as Secretary of Commerce:

“Trump’s pick of billionaire banker and coal investor Wilbur Ross as his Commerce Secretary is the surest sign to date that President-elect Trump intends to continue what he’s done his entire life: enrich himself above all else, no matter who gets hurt in the process.

“Trump keeps making empty promises to cut ties to his unprecedented business conflicts of interests. But Wilbur Ross has over the years directly helped Trump restructure his business […]

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American Bridge Statement On Trump’s Pick Of Steven Mnuchin As Treasury Secretary

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement on Donald Trump’s selection of Steven Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary:

“Donald Trump cheered on the housing crisis and went out of his way to profit from people’s misery and foreclosures. Of course he’d want Steve Mnuchin, who’s company made $3 billion off the housing crisis and was responsible for more than a third of all reverse mortgage foreclosures, to be his Treasury Secretary. Putting a Wall Street CEO in charge of his Administration’s oversight of Wall Street is dangerous and even more proof that Donald Trump is only interested in protecting corporations at the expense of working families.”

Background:

The Mnuchin-Owned OneWest Bank Received Billions In Taxpayer Bailouts
In 2009, A Mnuchin-Led Group Purchased IndyMac, The Fourth Largest Failed Bank, Assets At A Bargain Price, Turning A Profit Of Over $3 Billion In Five Years

2009: A Mnuchin-Led Group Purchased IndyMac, Which Became The Fourth Largest […]

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American Bridge Statement On Trump’s Pick Of Elaine Chao As Transportation Secretary

Donald Trump is today set to announce the selection of Elaine Chao as his Secretary of Transportation. In addition to having served as President George H.W. Bush’s deputy secretary of transportation, Chao also brings the expertise — and glaring conflict of interest — that arises from her family’s ownership of an international shipping company with deep ties to China.

 

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler statement on Donald Trump’s selection of Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary:

“In Elaine Chao, Trump has found a Secretary of Transportation who served in each of the Bush administrations, and also happens to be married to the Senate Majority Leader, who has for his part been in Congress since 1985 — hardly is that Draining the Swamp.

 

“So far, Trump is setting himself up to use the presidency to personally profit at the expense of the American people, and he’s walking back campaign promises left and right. So we’ll believe Trump cares […]

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American Bridge Seeking Records On Mike Flynn’s Classified Intel Leaks

American Bridge is today announcing additional Freedom of Information Act requests on Donald Trump’s incoming administration, with the latest focusing on Mike Flynn and his record of mishandling sensitive and classified intelligence.

There’s a reason Donald Trump chose to push erstwhile Vladimir Putin dinner companion and current anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Mike Flynn into the White House as his national security advisor — a position that isn’t subject to congressional confirmation.

Why doesn’t Trump want Flynn answering questions? Is it because Flynn mishandled classified intelligence, inappropriately sharing it with foreign countries?

To learn more, American Bridge has submitted two FOIA requests looking into: (1) Mike Flynn’s history of mishandling classified and sensitive intelligence; and (2) his record of overseeing repeated discrimination complaints as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

As Trump looks to exploit the Office of the Presidency for his personal gain and appoint bigots to his Cabinet, it’s as important as ever to hold Trump and […]

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