Trump Picks Carl, Boots for President’s Export Council
President Donald Trump picked two Schuylkill County officials on Wednesday to serve on the President’s Export Council.
Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Carl and County Commissioner Boots Hetherington were tapped for the positions. They’ll be 2 of 28 private sector members of the Export Council.
The Export Council advises the President on policy and government programs that affect trade. Its goal is to promote exports and highlight any areas of concern with international trade deals. The Export Council communicates to the President via the Secretary of Commerce.
Carl, in a statement released by the Chamber, says he was suggested for the Export Council by Rep. Dan Meuser (PA-9), a Trump ally in Congress.
“I am sincerely grateful and honored to learn of my appointment by President Donald J. Trump, to serve as a Member of the President’s Export Council. I am also deeply appreciative to Congressman Dan Meuser for suggesting my candidacy for this Presidential appointment to the President of the United States,” Carl says. “I look forward to working with the President on the Export Council and representing the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce and our 730 members. It will be my sincere honor and privilege to serve President Donald J. Trump, on the President’s Export Council.”
Earlier this year, Hetherington was appointed Schuylkill County Commissioner following the sudden death of Frank Staudenmeier. He rose to Commissioners Chairman after George Halcovage relinquished the gavel amid a sexual harassment scandal.
Carl and Hetherington, recently, have been at odds with each other over the County’s management, or apparent mismanagement, of its CARES Act allotment. Carl believes the County government is not dedicating enough of that $12.7 million to small businesses in the area.
Seats on the President’s Export Council have no terms and no limits. They serve “at the pleasure of the President” so there’s a chance these positions may only last until late-January, if Joe Biden is eventually declared the next President.
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Photos: Schuylkill Chamber/Schuylkill County government