Donald Trump on Monday night proposed a stricter lobbying ban to restrict current and former lawmakers from lobbying the government for several years after leaving office.
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At a rally in Green Bay, Wis., the GOP presidential nominee outlined a five-step plan that will reinstate a ban on executive branch officials from lobbying the government five years after leaving office, as well as asking Congress to pass a similar five-year ban on former congressional lawmakers and staff.
Trump also proposed to “expand the definition” of a lobbyist to prevent officials from using titles including consultants or adviser to skirt the regulation.
“It is time to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.,” Trump said Monday. “That is why I am proposing a package of ethics reforms to make our government honest once again.”
Trump also proposed getting Congress to pass campaign finance reforms that would prohibit registered foreign lobbyist from raising money in U.S. elections and create a lifetime ban against “senior executive branch officials lobbying on behalf of foreign governments.”
Trump also took aim at former President Bill Clinton, saying he “rigged the system” when he left office by undoing his executive order that White House or federal agency staffers couldn’t lobby government for five years.
“He rigged the system on his way out,” Trump said Monday. “Clinton lifted the executive order so the Clintons and their cronies like John Podesta could start raking in cash.”
Trump largely trained his fire on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during Monday night’s rally, and continued to hammer her for using a private email server while secretary of State amid new controversy surrounding possibly classified emails.
The GOP nominee was surprisingly silent about Speaker Paul Ryan, even as he campaigned in the Wisconsin Republican’s backyard. On Sunday, he escalated his attacks on the House leader on Twitter but largely left him alone during his Green Bay rally Monday night.
Following the audio leak revealing Trump making sexually explicit comments about women in 2005, Ryan said he could no longer defend the real estate mogul and would instead devote his time to preserving the party’s House majority.
This sparked the ire of Trump, who publicly chided Ryan and other establishment Republicans for abandoning his campaign about a month out from Election Day. Trump has said he doesn’t want the Speaker’s support.
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