Department of Commerce
See also Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.
|2016.11.16||Trump campaigned as a champion of coal miners but is close to choosing Wilbur Ross, who owned a West Virginia mine where 12 coal miners died on in 2006, to be his Commerce Secretary. thenation.com (See also Wilbur Ross, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2016.11.24||Elevating Wilbur Ross, who helped helped shape the Trump campaign’s economic agenda, particularly its hard-line stance on the need to renegotiate — or even withdraw from — free trade agreements to a position in his Cabinet could suggest that Trump intends to nurture the nationalist streak that was one of the hallmarks of his campaign. washingtonpost.com (See also Wilbur Ross)|
|2016.11.29||What you need to know about Commerce Secretary pick Wilbur Ross, Trump's billionaire pal and major supporter. forbes.com (See also Wilbur Ross, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2016.12.16||Wilbur Ross has made a fortune in steel — and soon after the inauguration, the Commerce Department will make five decisions about steel trade that will affect his firms. propublica.org (See also Wilbur Ross, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2016.12.21||Wilbur Ross, U.S. Trump’s pick for commerce secretary, intends to step down as Bank of Cyprus vice chairman to work for Trump, but the private equity firm that bears his name isn’t planning to sell it. bloomberg.com (See also Wilbur Ross, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2017.01.10||Commerce Secretary confirmation hearing on Trump nominee Wilbur Ross delayed to give him more time to complete the required ethics paperwork wsj.com (See also Wilbur Ross)|
|2017.01.10||Wilbur Ross is no stranger to trade protectionism, having taken a hands-on approach to safeguard tariffs that would help his investments in two North Carolina textile mills. mobile.reuters.com (See also Wilbur Ross)|
|2017.01.12||Op-Ed: Five tough questions for Trump’s commerce pick, Wilbur Ross. newsweek.com (See also Wilbur Ross)|
|2017.01.13||Trump's pick for Secretary of Commerce will need to divest from a complex range of business ties if confirmed. wsj.com (See also Wilbur Ross)|
|2017.01.18||Donald Trump's nominee for commerce secretary admitted at his confirmation hearing that he had employed an undocumented household worker for seven years. buzzfeed.com (See also Wilbur Ross)|
|2017.06.15||The Trump Administration's Department of Commerce has outraged LGBT groups by removing sexual orientation and gender identity from the list of categories explicitly protected from discrimination in its latest equal employment opportunity statement. buzzfeed.com (See also LGBTQIA, Wilbur Ross)|
|2017.11.07||For 13 years, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has been telling Forbes and everyone else that he's a billionaire, but he has been lying about a missing $2 billion. forbes.com (See also False Statements, Wilbur Ross)|
|2017.11.08||An investigation reveals Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has financial ties to 36 previously undisclosed ships that are spread among at least nine companies, along with the Russia-tied company — Navigator Holdings Ltd. — Ross has a financial interest in at least 75 ships, most of which move oil and gas products across the globe. apmreports.org (See also Wilbur Ross, Conflicts of Interest, Corruption, Russia)|
The value of those ships stands to grow as Ross negotiates trade deals on behalf of the U.S. and advises on U.S. infrastructure policy, and one fund linked to Ross was still buying and selling ships after Ross was confirmed as Commerce secretary.
|2017.11.15||A trio of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s ex-longtime colleagues at his private equity shop, WL Ross & Co., have sued the secretary and the firm for allegedly charging at least $48 million in improper management fees and pocketing the money. vanityfair.com (See also Corruption, Wilbur Ross, Legal Issues)|
|2017.12.12||Following reports that Wilbur Ross vastly overvalued his wealth and failed to disclose his holdings in a Russian shipping company partly owned by Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law, whose long relationship with Donald Trump has been tested by the disclosures, is facing scrutiny by European lawmakers over allegations that he engaged in insider trading related to his 2014 sale of shares in the Bank of Ireland. motherjones.com (See also Wilbur Ross, False Statements, Conflicts of Interest, Corruption, Criminality)|
|2018.03.26||The 2020 census will ask respondents whether they are United States citizens, the Commerce Department announced Monday night, agreeing to a Trump administration request with highly charged political and social implications that many officials feared would result in a substantial undercount. nytimes.com (See also Wilbur Ross, Immigration)|
Critics of the change and experts in the Census Bureau itself have said that the inclusion of a citizenship question could prompt immigrants who are in the country illegally not to respond. resulting in a severe undercount of the population — and, in turn, faulty data for government agencies and outside groups that rely on the census, also bleeding into the redistricting of the House and state legislatures in the next decade.
|2018.04.03||A group of 17 U.S. states and 6 cities sued the Trump administration to stop it from asking people filling out 2020 census forms whether they are citizens. reuters.com (See also Immigration, Wilbur Ross, Immigrants, Nationalism)|
|2018.06.18||The Senate voted to reinstate tough penalties on ZTE, a Chinese telecom company accused of violating American sanctions, in a sharp rebuke of the Trump administration’s handling of the matter that almost ensures a rare showdown between Republican lawmakers and the White House. nytimes.com (See also China, Reversals, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2018.06.18||Wilbur Ross lied when he confirmed in writing to the federal Office of Government Ethics that he had divested his multiple portfolios, revealing dozens of conflicts of interest. forbes.com (See also Wilbur Ross, Conflicts of Interest, Corruption, Russia)|