Within hours of Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration, his recycled Obama administration spokeswoman, Jen Psaki vowed “to bring truth and transparency” back to the White House…deceptively insinuating such elements had vanished under President Trump. She also declared her “deep respect for the role of a free and independent press in our democracy.”
That respect for the press must be the reason for excluding Fox News reporter Peter Doocy from being called on during Biden’s first press conference, 65 days into his administration.
Among the first casualties of the promised transparency is the Homeland Security Advisory Council, which Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said he would “reconstitute” in the next few weeks as he switches to a new model for the committee…likely one less transparent. Cuban-born Mayorkas, another recycled Obama-era insider, was a key player of Obama’s presidential transition team and the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, implementing the controversial DACA program.
Mayorkas, in this letter sent Friday and obtained by Politico, high-handedly informed the committee that he is ending the terms of the 32 current members.
For all of the Biden administration’s blather about openness and transparency a far more illustrative image is its refusal to allow news cameras inside U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities to see the massive influx of illegal invaders, many of whom are unaccompanied minors. That claim of transparency also evaporated.
On day one, during a virtual White House ceremony to swear in nearly 1,000 federal appointees and staff who do not require senate confirmation, feeble Biden donned his tough guy demeanor as he emphasized public service and respect, warning:
“If you’re ever working with me and I hear you treating another colleague with disrespect, talking down to someone, I will fire you on the spot,” he threatened the staff.
The same admonition obviously doesn’t apply when DHS Secretary Mayorkas indiscriminately fires 32 experienced members of the advisory council.