The Trump administration is having trouble finding people to fill positions. Recently, two attorneys declined an offer to join Trump’s legal team, which has lost one person and another is set to leave. Another lawyer was disqualified due to conflict of interest. Few people are masochistic enough to actually want to work for Donald Trump, to join in the chaos and toxicity that defines the atmosphere in the White House. So, what to do? Look to different venues for a pool from which to hire, of course. And that is just what Trump & Co are doing. What venue, you ask? Well, television, for one …The most recent, announced on Wednesday, is Caroline Sunshine. She is 22-years-old and was hired as a ‘press assistant’. Her qualifications? Well, she was in a Disney series about teen dancers, called Shake It Up for three years, from 2010 – 2013. And … um … she has had a role in a few movies. And … she … well, let’s cut to the chase, people … she is young and pretty. That is her biggest qualification.
Then there was Larry Kudlow, who was hired from CNBC to replace Gary Cohn as director of the White House National Economic Council. Kudlow’s qualifications include a stint on Wall Street with Bear Stearns, a position he was forced to resign in light of his drug addiction. Since then, he has been a host and commentator on CNBC. He’s the one I wrote about before, the one who said the Bush economy was alive and well in December 2007, just days before the financial crisis of 2008 began. And now he is Trump’s top financial advisor. What could possibly go wrong?
Let us not forget that earlier this month, Trump hired Fox News contributor John Bolton to replace H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor. Bolton is a warmonger, a man whose motto would seem to be, “bomb first, ask questions later”, since at various times he has advocated bombing both North Korea and Iran. He briefly held the position of Ambassador to the United Nations under George W. Bush, but stepped down when it appeared that the Senate would not confirm his appointment. What qualifies him for this position? Nothing that I can see. He has never served in the military, has never studied another region of the world, or another period of history, and he is a strong advocate of using war rather than diplomacy to solve problems. I repeat, what could possibly go wrong?
And some of you may not have heard of Heather Nauert, a former Fox News contributor and correspondent. She was hired in April 2017 to be the State Department Spokesperson. And then, just this month, with the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Nauert was promoted to acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. What qualifies her for either of these two positions? Darned if I know … I think the blonde hair may have something to do with it, though.
Mercedes Schlapp, a Fox News contributor and occasional columnist for other publications, was hired in September 2017 as Director of Strategic Communications. Strategic, eh? The latest rumour is that she is likely to be tapped to replace Hope Hicks as White House Communications Director. Her qualifications include that she is against same-sex marriage, hated Obama, and is a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Oh, and like Sunshine and Nauert, her looks may well have given her an edge.
And finally, there’s Tony Sayegh. Tony was also a Fox News contributor (anyone starting to see a pattern here?), and also a correspondent for Talk Media News, and even once served as deputy mayor of Tuckahoe, New York, population 6,615. Tony was hired in March 2017 as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. Tony, at least, has a degree in Political Science, which none of the aforementioned do, but he is, nonetheless, misplaced in his job, for his position would be better served by degrees in economics and finance. At least we know he didn’t likely get hired for his blond hair or other physical qualifications.
Now, I ask you to think about this for a few minutes, dear readers. Apart from the most obvious concern, that none of these people have the experience needed for the positions they are in, there are other potential pitfalls. First, at this rate, Fox News will have to shut down for lack of people to fill the airwaves with propaganda! But my concern is … what are the other possibilities?
Think about the uber-obnoxious Tucker Carlson to replace Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Or … what about conspiracy-theorist Sean Hannity to replace Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General? What’s that you say … Sean doesn’t have a law degree? So what … this is the alternative universe of Trump, where the only real requirement for a job is that you are the least qualified candidate, that you are loyal to Trump, and that you understand the concept of un-truth. That makes Sean a perfect fit. Or, picture the foul-mouthed Laura Ingraham replacing John Kelly as Trump’s Chief of Staff? Feeling sick yet? 🤢Oh … and there is one more newly hired person who did not come from television, but in fact was Trump’s personal doctor! David Shulkin was fired from his job as head of Veteran’s Affairs this week (I will have more on this later), and is being replaced by doc Ronny Jackson. Personally, I think this is Ronny’s reward for lying and saying that Trump was mentally and physically fit for his job.
And there you have it, folks. No more looking to top, qualified and experienced people to fill the positions that our tax dollars pay for … from this point forward, they will come from television, most likely Fox and Breitbart, and from a pool of personal acquaintances to whom Trump is indebted in one way or another! I guess if we cannot get good governance, we may as well enjoy the entertainment value of this Circus of Horrors.