It's an indisputable fact at this point that working for Donald Trump is a miserable, thankless task. Which is why no one wants to do it.
While Donald Trump is enjoying endless rounds of golf on his “working vacation,” his team is trying to find someone willing to assume the inevitably doomed role of White House communications director.
It is not going well.
“There are very few out there that would want to, honestly, serve in this White House,” a source told the Washington Examiner.
Trump’s last communications director, the instantly scandal-plagued and shocking foul-mouthed Anthony Scaramucci, lasted all of 10 days before he was shown the door.
Trump’s first would-be communications director, Jason Miller, did not even make it to Inauguration Day. He was consumed with his own scandal: an affair with a fellow Trump campaign staffer after a night at a Vegas strip bar, while his wife was pregnant with the couple’s second child. The campaign “love child” was born a month ago, and the mother, A.J. Delgado, has been complaining on Twitter about Miller’s lack of child support.
It is painfully obvious, from Trump’s own unscripted and bombastic statements, and of course his Twitter feed, that his communications team is incapable of enforcing any kind of discipline on the impulsive, hot-headed, message-crushing president.
The Washington Examiner reports that while officials have reached out to potential replacements, no one is willing to take the job. Given Trump’s uncontrollable behavior, not to mention his gleeful willingness to throw his own staff and cabinet members under the bus when it suits him, that certainly should not be a surprise to this White House.
Trump has struggled to keep this position filled since the beginning. The first communications director, Mike Dubke, quit after a mere three months. At the time, BuzzFeed spoke with nearly two dozen Republican operatives, almost all of whom said they wouldn’t want the job. One said it would be “career suicide.” Another said, “Oh my god, I’m crying of laughter. Why would anyone in their right mind want to be his communications director?”
The job has only become less appealing since then.
One name that has surfaced is Scott Reed, who managed the 1996 presidential campaign of Bob Dole. He’s not exactly an up-and-comer in the world of Republican politics, but even he has refused to comment.
One source said it will probably end up being someone who is “so desperate for a title” that they’re willing to take on the impossible responsibility of trying to keep Trump and his team on message. Until then, the position remains unfilled while others in the White House scramble to control the damage Trump does to himself and the country on a near-daily basis.
Maybe there just isn’t anyone desperate enough at this point to say yes.