Trump's pathetic whining can't hide the chaos and instability he's created in the White House.
Trump’s criminal background, legal troubles, and general buffoonery are making it difficult for him to find anyone willing to become his next chief of staff.
Trump humiliated outgoing chief of staff John Kelly by announcing Kelly’s exit days before the two men agreed Kelly would make the announcement. And Trump’s top pick to replace him, Nick Ayers, publicly turned down the job over the weekend.
Once again, the White House is in chaos due to Trump’s own short-sightedness and instability. And once again, Trump is avoiding responsibility by whining at the media for accurately reporting on that chaos.
“Fake News has it purposely wrong,” Trump says. “Many, over ten, are vying for and wanting the White House Chief of Staff position. Why wouldn’t someone want one of the truly great and meaningful jobs in Washington. Please report news correctly. Thank you!”
But if “over ten” people are really clamoring for this job, nobody is admitting to it publicly.
The New York Times notes that the “shortlist of last-ditch possibilities” for the chief of staff job includes both Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. trade representative.
However, only one person has actually come forward to express interest: Mark Meadows, a far-right fringe congressman from North Carolina.
Trump’s legal troubles — his own Justice Department recently implicated him in multiple felonies — should worry anyone thinking about taking this job, Chris Whipple, who wrote a book about White House chiefs of staff, told the Times.
“Why would anybody want to be Donald Trump’s chief of staff unless you want to steal the office supplies before they shut the place down?” Whipple asked. “If you’re coming into that job, you’ve got to lawyer up.”
Despite Trump’s desperate attempt to paint a rosy picture, the facts show that this White House has an astronomically high turnover rate.
The Times reports that finding a new chief of staff “is in many ways just the latest staffing snare in a White House that has struggled to fill even low-ranking jobs. Staff turnover for senior aides, according to the Brookings Institution, sits at 62 percent.”
For comparison, President Obama’s turnover rate during the first two years was 24 percent, and even George W. Bush’s was only 33 percent.
Trump promised to hire only the best people. But it turns out that if you are an unstable narcissistic habitual liar up to your eyeballs in criminal liability, the best people don’t want to work for you.
But Trump’s massive ego can’t handle the rejection. Instead, he is begging the media to stop reporting on it.
Published with permission of The American Independent.