Thursday, March 09, 2017

White House loyalty test leaving cabinet agencies unstaffed — and Trump’s secretaries are furious

The White House is frustrating cabinet secretaries by rejecting staffer candidates suspected of possible disloyalty to President Donald Trump. The Office of Personnel Management won’t approve the hiring of Hillary Clinton supporters, “Never Trump” conservatives or anyone whose politics lean left even for low-level positions, reported Axios. At least one cabinet official, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, has complained directly to the president about the hiring process and demanded the approval of his proposed staff. According to a source, Trump told Zinke his staffers would be approved “as long as they’re our people,” and the source added similar conversations have taken place with other cabinet secretaries. The halt comes as many career employees are leaving their jobs in the executive branch, and morale in many departments has plummeted in a climate of mistrust. That logjam keeps the government from functioning properly, and Trump has suggested many of those jobs will never be filled. “A lot of those jobs, I don’t want to appoint, because they’re unnecessary to have,” Trump told Fox News. “You know, we have so many people in government, even me. I look at some of the jobs and it’s people over people over people. I say, ‘What do all these people do?’ You don’t need all those jobs.”...more

Anyone trying to appoint Hillary supporters or those who "lean left" shouldn't have been appointed as a Cabinet member in the first place. Send one or more of them packing and that will end the nonsense.

1 comment:

Dave Skinner said...

After such genius appointments as Dirk Kempthorne, Lynn Scarlett, Gail Norton, Mark Rey, Dsle Bosworth and other gems in the Bush 2, I'd rather some extreme vetting than letting the enemy within.