Among the revelations inMondays Axios dumpof transition vetting documents: 's global and top Joel Kaplan was con for a Cabinet position. Kaplan, nicknamed s byThe Wall Street Journallast ye, runs the 's lobbying efforts out of its , D.C., office.

The transition ed at Kaplan to of Manment and Budget, a former employee t The Dly Beast. Its not cle how seriously Kaplan was con for .

Two senior members of the transition did not rec his name coming up prominently during those discussions, though Kaplan was spotted atTrump Tower in December 2016for an undisclosed meeting. The confirmed as Office of Manment and Budget in Februy of 2017 following his ointment in December.

Kaplan's file was leaked a with files onmore than 40 other individuals, including of Tranation Elne Chao, former of Staff John Kelly, and s. Many of the individuals ed would go on to become h names in the administration.

According to his vetting file, Kaplans flags, a number of on his lobbying hi, support for Bush-era immigration reform and ptisanship classification as a weak . The vetting file also ades Kaplan's stance on acctions that is silencing s, making a note that hedenied anti-conservative biasat and stated groups [e] thriving on the net.

A sub-section on Kaplans political soft spots s questions for Kaplan like, To r , were any ive efforts by to censor pro- from users who the -elect? and Do believe it is ropriate for any private to censor or edit based political mess on such a platform?

Prior to Kaplan's steering at the 's biggest net, he spent three yes as the Deputy for of Manment and Budget and ed as a de in the White . Kaplan joined in 2011 as vice of . and became vice of global three yes later.

Kaplan has been described as a traditional and not a enthusiast but has still defended when necessy. The reported that Kaplan persony defended aFacebook user whitelist known as cross-checkthat protects posts by and high profile accounts, even when they might run afoul of the rules.

Remkable given the outsized power he wields within the , Kaplan mostly mand to stay away from the spot until he was finy dragged into ptisan squabbles a few yes ago. In 2016, the trotted Kaplan out to deny a report that topics and outlets were left out of its topics module. I the that voices e so strong on and that we e the place w the political debate takes place, Kaplan wrote in a public Facebook postat the . But ultimately my own political perspective isn't what matters. What's is that we e truly open to everyone and that they k it. Mk and both responded to the thanking Kaplan for the post.

A week later, Kaplan had orchestrated a meeting thatbrought 16 conservative figuresto s Menlo Pk quters, including Fo anchor Dana Perino and a campgn senior adviser. The group met with and Sandberga strong signal of the seriousness with which took the threat of backlash, whether justified or not.

Two yes later, Kaplan created his own PR crisis for when he took a prominent,camera-facing seat atBrett 's deeply controversial Supreme heing. The eance ignited afirestorm among Facebook employeeswho saw Kaplans choice to sit front and center on live as a symbol of their s own attitude towd seual assault survivors. This was a agnst our , and a slap in the face to his fellow , one employee wrote on an internal mess bod. To make matters worse, Kaplan reportedlythrew a celebration partyfor the beleague Supreme nominee, hosting , his wife and celebrants at their following his confirmation.

The internal ound Kaplans ions escalated to the point that aded it himself, defending his colleague in a staff meeting.

With many utisfied with the situation, the notoriously controversy-averse Sandberg eventuy waded in too, admitting that it was a mistake for [Kaplan] to attend given his role in the . Kaplan, a friend of , epressed regret for not running the eance by 's top ership.



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