OSC: A retweet equals an endorsement
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Oct 04, 2017
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has been reprimanded by the U.S. Official of Special Counsel for retweeting a political endorsement.
The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel after Haley retweeted President Trump’s message endorsing South Carolina candidate Ralph Norman, who is running for Congress.
CREW said the retweet was legally prohibited because she used her Twitter account that has an official government headshot and a photograph of herself with the president and other members of the United Nations Security Council in a room at the White House.
OSC agreed. Haley was issued an official warning that her actions violated the Hatch Act.
The Hatch Act prohibits any executive branch employee from using their official authority or influence to sway an election.
According to CREW this is the third such incident under the Trump administration.
“One is unfortunate, two is a coincidence, but three in less than a year is a pattern,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said, adding, “This all stems from the president’s permissive attitude toward ethics; the tone is set at the top."