Trump removes IG overseeing $2 trillion days after he was appointed

Trump removes inspector general overseeing $2 trillion coronavirus relief package days after he was appointed
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U.S. President Donald Trump responds to a question about the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General’s report on the shortage of novel coronavirus tests for hospitals during the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 6, 2020.

Kevin Lemarque | Reuters

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has removed the lead watchdog overseeing the $2 trillion coronavirus package, just days after the official, Glenn Fine, was appointed to the role.

The move came as Trump pursued similar action in recent weeks against independent inspectors general across the federal government.Fine had been the acting Pentagon inspector general until Monday afternoon, when Trump abruptly removed him from his post.“Yesterday, the President nominated Mr. Jason Abend for the position of DoD Inspector General,” said Dwrena Allen, a spokesperson for the Defense Department’s Inspector General, in a statement to […]

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