“Over the final six weeks of Trump’s presidency, the administration has no plans to wind down its efforts to remake federal policies and even the government bureaucracy itself, aides said, despite the pending handoff to the incoming Democratic administration,”
“The whirlwind of activities has bucked tradition of past presidents who have deferred on major policy actions during the lame-duck period,”
Trump’s Bucking Tradition My Arse
As Byron York of the Washington Examiner pointed out, the New York Times lavished praise on Barack Obama at the end of December that year, for publicly promising a “smooth” transition while setting up “as many policy and ideological roadblocks as possible” before Trump’s inauguration.
Obama is “doing a lot of governing,” the Times quoted Matt Bennett of the Third Way liberal think tank. The Republicans don’t like it, Bennett said, “But he’s in his right to do it, and he should do it. Is he trying to box Trump in? You bet – and he should.”
Among the Obama moves the Times listed approvingly are naming 103 people to various government posts, banning offshore oil drilling, establishing new environmental preserves, securing Planned Parenthood funding, freeing Guantanamo Bay inmates – and oh yes, expelling Russian diplomats on the pretext of “interfering” in the election.
Something about this WP report just didn't ring true. Did lame-duck Obama, in his final days, defer to the incoming Trump administration? No, he didn't. Left is WP today; right is NYT 12/31/16: https://t.co/rLDfGfifcI and https://t.co/M3DK6ZFuJu pic.twitter.com/rdSGldtsQi
— Byron York (@ByronYork) December 7, 2020