President-elect Donald Trump is making all of his appointees sign a life-time ban for every lobbying for a foreign government. The lifetime ban builds upon the new lobbying rules that were first announced Wednesday night by his transition team.
This is the first step in the “Drain The Swamp” bid that Trump and his supporters have been touting while on the campaign trail.
All officials appointed to the Trump administration will be barred from registering to lobby for five years after leaving, Republican National Committee chief strategist Sean Spicer told reporters Wednesday.
Thursday morning, Spicer said the rules would also include a prohibition on working for foreign governments. Spicer also said “this is true forward thinking.”
Below is the full pledge that anyone joining the Trump administration or transition team must sign:
“By signing below I hereby certify that I am not currently registered and reporting as a federal lobbyist as defined by the Lobbying Disclosure Act as amended or as a compensated lobbyist at the state level in any state. If I was listed as lobbyist in the most recent lobbying disclosure forms or reported to be filed by federal or state law, I hereby notify the president-elect’s transition team that I have filed the necessary forms to the appropriate government agency to terminate my [lobbying registration]. I will provide the transition team with written evidence of my federal or state lobbyist termination as soon as possible.”
Here is Trump’s 5 point plan to clean up Washington that was formulated on October 17th, so far he has held true: