Trump’s re­volv­ing door adds to the con­fu­sion in his ad­min­is­tra­tion

South Florida Times - - OPINION - Wall Street Jour­nal

The chaos and con­fu­sion in Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion is a di­rect re­sult of his staff’s turnover, and re­volv­ing door. There are many dif­fer­ent rea­sons why Trump’s staff turnover rate is more than 35 per­cent and it be­gins with a poor vet­ting sys­tem and bad hir­ing prac­tices.

Our pres­i­dent is a bully, and any­one who works for him in a high-level po­si­tion should hire an at­tor­ney be­cause they could be in­dicted and sent to fed­eral prison. Usu­ally white col­lar crim­i­nals don’t spend large amounts of time be­hind bars, but the ex­pe­ri­ence and sen­tenc­ing can be dev­as­tat­ing to their ca­reer and in­come.

The re­ports that the White House, un­der Pres­i­dent Trump, has seen an un­prece­dented 34 per­cent turnover rate in its first year. Ac­cord­ing to the Jour­nal, 21 of the 61 senior of­fi­cials they tracked have been fired, re­signed, or re­as­signed, and it is the high­est turnover rate in 40 years.

Many pun­dits be­lieve that Trump en­joys con­fu­sion and chaos, and it is re­flected in many dif­fer­ent ways. The tweet storm is un­prece­dented as a com­mu­nica­tive de­vice for a pres­i­dent, and it will go down in his­tory as Trump’s se­cret weapon. Some staff mem­bers think this is an ef­fec­tive way to com­mu­ni­cate with the Amer­i­can peo­ple and me­dia, and oth­ers have left their jobs in the White House as a re­sult of his form of com­mu­ni­cat­ing.

“Even for staffers he has not fired or forced to re­sign, Trump’s pub­lic bul­ly­ing seems over the line. How does calling At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions be­lea­guered help Ses­sions work harder or bet­ter? How does un­der­cut­ting Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son’s at­tempt at diplo­macy in North Korea make the coun­try’s senior diplo­mat more ef­fec­tive spokesman to the world,” says Chris Cil­lizzo of CNN Pol­i­tics.

When Trump de­cided to run for pres­i­dent, he started out mak­ing more en­e­mies as op­posed to mak­ing friends in his own party. With Steve Ban­non as the pres­i­dent’s part­ner, they de­cided to blow up Wash­ing­ton and drain the swamp.

Our pres­i­dent hired in­di­vid­u­als who were in­ex­pe­ri­enced and never worked in the po­lit­i­cal arena, which led to poor per­for­mance, and many first-year de­par­tures.

“Six of the 12 Tier One po­si­tions saw turnover: (Reince Priebus, chief of staff; Katie Walsh, deputy chief of staff; Sean Spicer, press sec­re­tary; Ge­orge Si­fakis, as­sis­tant to the pres­i­dent and di­rec­tor of the Of­fice of Pub­lic Li­ai­son; Michael Flynn, na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser, and KT McFar­land, deputy na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vi­sor). By com­par­i­son, Obama lost one ad­vi­sor from Tier One (Greg Craig, White House coun­sel), and Ge­orge W. Bush did not see any turnover in these high-level po­si­tions,” says Chris Cil­lizzo.

As Robert Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion inches closer to the pres­i­dent, many qual­i­fied can­di­dates will not ac­cept a job in Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion. With Trump’s his­tor­i­cally low poll num­bers, con­sis­tent lies, and his in­abil­ity to stay on mes­sage, the chaos and the tur­moil is just get­ting started.

In­stead of Trump ask­ing for help from se­ri­ous po­lit­i­cal and pol­icy thinkers, there is no con­ti­nu­ity and many high-level staffers are an­tic­i­pat­ing be­ing blamed for prob­lems, or even fired. The con­fu­sion is ram­part, and the turnover is con­tin­u­ing.

In Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, there are va­can­cies on top of va­can­cies, and the pres­i­dent is be­ing in­un­dated with a job that has too many arms and legs for him to han­dle. With the high level of staff turnover, it is be­com­ing more dif­fi­cult for the pres­i­dent to con­tinue mak­ing in­ac­cu­rate and/or false state­ments, and then blam­ing oth­ers for the tur­moil in his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Our pres­i­dent never ex­pected to be pres­i­dent, and there is far too much cor­rup­tion and con­fu­sion to hide.

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