With all of then-candidate Donald Trump’s braggadocio, self-aggrandizing, and promises — it’s easy to have lost track of it all. One promise Trump famously and repeatedly made during his 2016 bid for the presidency was that he would only hire “the best people” for his administration.
This promise was uttered repeatedly and across all media outlets, typically whenever Trump’s total lack of qualifications for the office were in question. It was a strange approach for a presidential candidate to take: don’t worry about the fact that I don’t know anything germane to running the United States, I will hire people who do.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper recently took Trump to task for his “best people” campaign staple. It only follows that if Trump did indeed hire “the best people” — and the turnover has been rapid-fire — where does that leave us?
Cooper asked last week:
“If the president hires only the best people, why aren’t they still on the job? Why have so many left the administration? Why are others serving under ethical clouds? Why are some facing so much difficulty getting confirmed?”
Cooper’s questions come as Trump’s physician and nominee to head the Department of Veteran Affairs, Ronny Jackson, has found his confirmations postponed altogether as allegations of misconduct are investigated.
Cooper said of Trump’s vetting process regarding Jackson:
“The president tells us he was not aware of the allegations against Dr. Jackson. The question, of course, is why. Sources tell us there was no vetting at all — none. Call it… extreme non-vetting, if you will. So the question is: how did Rear Admiral Jackson get the job? Those we know have reported that the president was impressed by his press conference — the one where he talked about just how incredibly healthy the president is.”
While Cooper’s jab at another one of Trump’s infamous claims — that he would perform extreme vetting on everyone in his administration — is on the nose, we definitely already knew that to be total BS.
No sane person could have believed for a moment that a climate change denier who has repeatedly called for dismantling of the EPA… was the best choice to head the EPA. Nor that an ardent critic of public schools with zero relevant experience was the best choice for Secretary of Education. That Anthony Scaramucci would have been hired by anyone in the world to hold a job in which his mouth moves and words are uttered? Unlikely.
So not only has totally Trump failed to bring in the best, it’s almost moot as most don’t stay very long anyway.
There is one interesting, albeit unsurprising, revelation regarding Dr. Jackson that answered any lingering question about just how it is Trump goes about vetting: if you publicly praise Donald Trump, you may well be offered a position as Chief of Blank, Secretary of Blank, or Director of Blank.
That is how he vets. Extremely.