Sam Clovis, the USDA liaison to the White House, is leaving his job in Washington, D.C.
The former Trump campaign co-chair and policy adviser was nominated by President Trump to be the USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics. Clovis withdrew before the Senate Ag Committee could hold a hearing. Senate Democrats and environmentalists came down hard on Clovis over topics like his skepticism regarding climate change, as well as past comments on race and gender.
Critics also said he had no scientific experience for a post that would essentially be the USDA’s top scientist. He had most recently been providing some guidance for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
A USDA spokesman says, “Dr. Clovis was one of the first people through the door at USDA in January 2017, and we are grateful for his time here. He is a good man and a patriot who for decades has served his country admirably. While we are sad Dr. Clovis is leaving USDA, we wish him well in his future endeavors back home in Iowa.”