Trump Removes Pentagon Watchdog Overseeing Coronavirus Relief Funds

President Donald Trump is opting for a replacement for the Pentagon official assigned to oversee the $2 trillion in funding passed for the coronavirus stimulus package.

The panel of inspectors collectively named Glenn Fine as the Pentagon watchdog designated to oversee the appropriation of coronavirus relief funds.

However, on Monday evening, Trump sent out a notice of Fine’s removal just one week after he was appointed as chairman of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee.

The president confirmed that Fine had been replaced by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inspector general, Sean O’Donnell.

Since a new law states that only current inspector generals can fill the position, O’Donnell will be overseeing the coronavirus relief efforts in addition to his current duties.

Dwrena Allen — acting communications chief and spokeswoman for the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General — also released an emailed statement on Tuesday morning confirming Fine was no longer part of the pandemic committee.

“Mr. Fine is no longer on the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee,” Allen said.

She noted that the president has submitted a nomination to fill the position.

“Yesterday, the president nominated Mr. Jason Abend for the position of DoD Inspector General,” Allen said. “The same day, the president also designated Mr. Sean W. O’Donnell, who is the Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General (EPA IG), to serve as the Acting DoD IG in addition to his current duties at the EPA.”

Trump’s removal of Fine is the second shakeup regarding independent federal watchdogs. The president’s decision comes just days after he announced the termination of the intelligence community’s inspector general, Michael Atkinson.

On Monday, Trump also criticized the Department of Health and Human Services following the release of a 41-page report compiled by an internal government watchdog. The report detailed hospital concerns and shortages amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump has also appeared to take another swing at the HHS inspector general and the report before mentioning all “admirals, generals, VPs and others in charge” in a tweet on Tuesday.

“Why didn’t the I.G., who spent 8 years with the Obama Administration (Did she Report on the failed H1N1 Swine Flu debacle where 17,000 people died?), want to talk to the Admirals, Generals, V.P. & others in charge, before doing her report,” Trump tweeted. “Another Fake Dossier!”

Despite Fine’s removal, Allen insists he “remains focused and committed to the important mission of the DoD OIG.”

Responses

  1. The Occupant’s consistent habit of removing anyone who dares speak the Truth shouldn’t surprise me anymore, but come on, the EPA? First he ignores dire warnings from Scientific experts and the data coming in from other Countries. Then, when he realizes his plan for genocide was hitting His base the hardest he did an about face and admitted that this just might be serious! The funniest thing to me have been his recent speeches. Instead of making love to the camera and talking about the bestest, bigliest, more terrifically brilliant scientific data coming in he stands, gripping the podium with both hands, head down, struggling to choke out a speech ver batim. He has blood on his hands; it’s not the first time, or that he cares about those who’ve succumbed to the virus, it’s the cold-sweat inducing fear that he may actually be held accountable. It might impact his Campaign! It’s why, on March 25th his Campaign sent letters to TV stations in Florida, Wisconsin, and three other battleground states threatening that if they didn’t stop running ads telling the People about his Epic Failure regarding COVID-19 he would have his buddy at the FCC yank their licenses. This pathetic creature is afraid. Good!

    1. Did you bother to actually read the article or do you not comprehend the language? Fine was removed because the LAW requires that only IGs can fill the position. Fine was NOT eligible. The President was doing his job, but you hateful Democrats don’t want him to do his job. You want him to bow down to the Liberals in Congress that are only interested in furthering their agenda of gaining power and control, infringing on our rights. You make up lies (your entire comment) to support your hate. Sad for you. You’ll be so disappointed in Nov, screaming at the sky again.

  2. All of Obama’s holdovers should have been removed at the beginning of this administration. Keeping them has led to complaining and obstruction. They’ve continually written up papers, memos, reports attacking the President and leaked misinformation to the media.

  3. Mike- just looking for a list of what he has messed up?
    Don’t include HRC’ s appointment to the presidency.
    You can leave out the economy he messed up.
    No need to mention the unemployment numbers he ran into the ground.
    It isn’t necessary to bring up the mess he has made with destroying the physically held land of the caliphate.
    Or how he has reduced the level of illegal immigration – what a mess.

    Any honest answer would be appreciated

  4. “Trump’s removal of Fine is the second shakeup regarding independent federal watchdogs.”
    The key word there is “independent”, which these people are not. They all have agendas and TDS. He needs to remove more of them.

  5. Can this guy mess anything up more? His appointment will certainly be another well qualified person like one of his sons. Or maybe Jared can step in since he is done with his role in the ME and he has the CV-19 situation well under control. Right everyone?

    1. The important thing is that Dear Leader will assign someone who will NOT do good, clear oversight. He doesn’t want to be held accountable for what he will do next.

    2. Hah! Brilliantly stated and unabashedly true. Let’s just keep Jared far, far away from this one though, shall we?

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