Susan Montoya Bryan / AP
The Trump administration has abruptly removed the leaders of three agencies that oversee nuclear weapons stockpiles, regulate electricity and natural gas, and foreign aid over the past two days, prompting a party senator. Republicans famously criticized one of these decisions.
Sudden departures include:
- Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, administrator of the National Nuclear Security Bureau, the first woman to oversee the agency in charge of nuclear stockpiles. She was asked to resign on Friday.
- Bonnie Glick, deputy administrator of the US Agency for International Development. She was replaced by the powerful administrator John Barsa, who had run out of time taking on her more senior role under the Federal Employment Reform Act.
- Neil Chatterjee, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and a former assistant to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He has been replaced as president, although he will remain at the FERC, an independent body, as a commissioner.
The investigations have been overshadowed by the protracted drama of the presidential election, which until Friday had not been declared.
The White House declined to comment on the explosions and declined to say whether there will be more after the election.
Senate Armed Services Committee Republican Chairman Sen. Jim Inhofe issued a statement criticizing Trump’s Energy Minister Dan Brouillette, whom he said “effectively asked for. “Gordon-Hagerty’s resignation. (NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency under the Department of Energy.)
Inhofe called Gordon-Hagerty “an exemplary civil servant and a remarkable leader” and said that Brouillette’s decision “in this uncertain moment shows that he did not know what he was doing in matters. national security and show a complete lack of respect for the semi-autonomous nature of the NNSA. “