Report: Aides installed in Cabinet agencies to monitor loyalty to Trump

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The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Trump's Cabinet agencies have been populated with aides who monitor secretaries' loyalty to the president and his agenda.

According to the Post, there are no less than 16 of them stationed in myriad offices including Health and Human Services and Energy.

Reports indicate their presence is not always welcome.

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According to anonymous sources, staffers at the Pentagon have taken to calling the aide charged with watching over Defense Secretary James Mattis "the commissar."

Ed Kilgore of New York Magazine explained last month that the moniker has a history of being used to describe, "the agents sent to impose ideological discipline, particularly in military units."

Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has reportedly taken the treatment of his assigned aide a step further.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, back center, speaks with members of his cabinet and their significant others during a working lunch at the Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia, U.S., on Saturday, March 11, 2017. The president and his staff exalted in a 235,000 net increase in U.S. jobs during February, even making light of doubts Trump previously cast on government data showing employment improvements under President Barack Obama. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, speaks with members of the media after a working lunch with U.S. President Trump, not pictured, and his cabinet at the Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia, U.S., on Saturday, March 11, 2017. The president and his staff exalted in a 235,000 net increase in U.S. jobs during February, even making light of doubts Trump previously cast on government data showing employment improvements under President Barack Obama. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images
POTOMAC FALLS, VA - MARCH 11: White House Pres Secretary Sean Spicer briefs the press pool as President Donald Trump has a working lunch with staff and cabinet members and significant others at his golf course, Trump National on March 11, 2017 in Potomac Falls, Virginia. (Photo by Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images)
POTOMAC FALLS, VA - MARCH 11: Flanked by Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, US President Donald Trump has a working lunch with staff and cabinet members and significant others at his golf course, Trump National on March 11, 2017 in Potomac Falls, Virginia. (Photo by Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images)
POTOMAC FALLS, VA - MARCH 11: US President Donald Trump has a working lunch with staff and cabinet members and significant others at his golf course, Trump National on March 11, 2017 in Potomac Falls, Virginia. (Photo by Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (C) holds a lunch meeting with members of his Cabinet and their significant others at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia, March 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (C) holds a lunch meeting with members of his Cabinet and their significant others at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia, March 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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Citing reports from two senior officials, the Washington Post notes the individual sent there, "offered unsolicited advice so often that after just four weeks on the job, Pruitt has shut him out of many staff meetings."

Not all aide-secretary relationships have been contentious.

The Post writes, "...at Transportation and Interior...aides to Chao and Secretary Ryan Zinke insisted that the White House advisers work as part of the team, attending meetings, helping form an infrastructure task force and designing policy on public lands."

The media outlet notes that while past presidents have certainly sent representatives to offer guidance to agencies, Trump's use of liaisons is considered "unusual."

Those opposed to the current situation are concerned that the competition for control inherent in the situation could foster an environment rife with suspicion and turmoil.

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Counselor to the President: Kellyanne Conway

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Veterans Affairs Secretary: David Shulkin

(Photo credit DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

Transportation secretary: Elaine Chao

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Energy secretary: Rick Perry

(Photo credit KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson

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Secretary of Defense: Retired Marine General James Mattis

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Chief of staff: Reince Priebus

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Chief strategist: Steve Bannon

(EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Attorney General: Senator Jeff Sessions

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Director of the CIA: Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Deputy national security adviser: K.T. McFarland

(Photo by Michael Schwartz/Getty Images)

White House counsel: Donald McGahn

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Ambassador to the United Nations: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

(Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Education secretary: Betsy DeVos

(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Commerce secretary: Wilbur Ross

(Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Homeland security secretary: General John Kelly

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Housing and urban development secretary: Ben Carson

(Photo credit NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Health and human services secretary: Tom Price

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Department of Homeland Security: Retired General John Kelly

(REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Secretary of agriculture: Sonny Perdue

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