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Wikipedia: Sam Clovis
Thanks Arizona. It is just so hard to understand Trump's thinking in nominating someone so unqualified for the post of "Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics, the USDA's top science post. The nomination attracted attention because this post is traditionally filled by a scientist, and Clovis has no science background. A statute requires that nominee for the position be chosen from among "distinguished scientists with specialized training or significant experience in agricultural research, education, and economics". Clovis has no qualifications for that position...nada, nothing.
I suppose the anti-science Trump saw this as another defiant snub at the science community. However, his real qualification in Trump's mind is that he is another "anti-Obama". Clovis has blasted Obama saying [from Wikipedia] that Obama "uses his self-identified race as a bludgeon to assault anyone who might disagree with him... The fact that he is a socialist, does not believe in Natural Law or Natural Rights, is incensed at the mere existence of the Constitution and cannot accept the exceptionality of this nation, probably has nothing to do with why so many people disagree with him and his value system."
Yes, Clovis withdrew his nomination not because he didn't think he was qualified, but rather because of his connection to the George Papadopoulos Russian collusion. We will hear more from Clovis in Mueller's investigation.