Conflicts of interest are running rampant at Trump’s agencies

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The teams leading the Trump administration’s efforts to get rid of environmental and health and safety rules are chock full of ties to industry. A recent New York Times article highlighted 71 Trump appointees, 28 of whom possess potential conflicts of interest, such as reviewing rules that their previous employers wanted weakened or eliminated. Several appointees are also poised to profit from certain deregulations, and at least three are now working for the agencies that they formerly lobbied. The line between government agencies and the industries they are supposed to be regulating has never been so blurry. 

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