“Of course, I support the president’s budget,” said Lane Genatowski, Trump’s pick to run the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). “If I was confirmed as director, I’d obviously be an enthusiastic supporter of ARPA-E and all their projects.”
“My first thought is, then why are you sitting here? The president’s budget zeroes out this agency. You can’t be two people. Do you support the president’s budget or do you think ARPA-E has an important mission?”
“Genatowski said he knew the Trump administration proposed eliminating funding for ARPA-E when it sought him out for the director job, but denied being hired specifically to shut down the agency.”
“Not one minute was I talked to about closing it up,” he said. “The people that vetted me, I guess, picked me because they thought if…” Listen to the podcast here.
Source: Trump’s pick to run Energy’s experimental research agency supports budget that would shut it down – By Jory Heckman, August 16, 2018. Federal News Radio.