Credentials Of Trump’s Anticipated Choice To Be USDA ‘Chief Scientist’ Questioned
ProPublica reports that Sam Clovis, who is expected to be named undersecretary of the agency's department that manages research on everything from climate change to nutrition, has never taken a graduate course in science. In other Trump administration news, the Cleveland Clinic plans to continue to hold its annual Florida fundraiser at Mar-A-Lago, despite some complaints.
Trump’s Expected Pick For Top USDA Scientist Is Not A Scientist
The USDA’s research section studies everything from climate change to nutrition. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, its leader is supposed to serve as the agency’s “chief scientist” and be chosen “from among distinguished scientists with specialized or significant experience in agricultural research, education, and economics.” But Sam Clovis — who, according to sources with knowledge of the appointment and members of the agriculture trade press, is President Trump’s pick to oversee the section — appears to have no such credentials. (Huseman, 5/12)
Cleveland Clinic Plans To Return To Trump's Mar-A-Lago For Fundraiser
The Cleveland Clinic intends to return to President Trump’s Palm Beach home for its annual Florida fundraiser, despite calls from some within the hospital’s community to stay away. ... The Cleveland Clinic has held a fundraiser at the Mar-a-Lago club for the past eight years, but this year’s event came soon after Trump’s January executive order on immigration, which prevented a Cleveland Clinic doctor from returning to the country, prompting protests and calls for the February fundraiser to be moved or canceled. (Swetlitz, 5/15)