GOP senators growing increasingly alarmed by Trump using acting secretaries to evade Senate confirmation
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President Donald Trump is facing criticism from Senate Republicans over his increasing reliance on "acting" officials running major executive agencies without proper Senate confirmation, according to CNN.


"An acting person is there, after all, for a limited period of time, and you do want to have as much continuity in leadership posts as possible," said Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT). Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) called the over-reliance on acting heads "problematic," adding, "it doesn't give us as members the oversight that we need to have."

Another critic of Trump's end-run around Senate advice and consent is Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who said it was "not a good situation," and emphasized that "our system needs to work — with checks and balances."

Johnson chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which oversees a department that has undergone a massive staffing purge over the past two weeks. Trump fired Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, as well as several heads of offices in the agency, throwing the line of succession into chaos so that he could appoint Customs and Border Protection chief Kevin McAleenan in her place.