When presidential nominees are up for election, they probably have some slight idea of who they want working in their administration. They might not reveal it beforehand; however, plenty of thought goes into the decision of who to appoint, as it’s pretty important.
One of the good things about being active in politics is knowing who is who in Washington D.C. You already have an idea of who you may want to appoint ahead of time based on watching the news or reading the newspaper. All that’s required after is interviewing them and getting a feel for who they are and if they would be a good fit.
Honestly, you could probably pick out your own choices right now if you stay semi-informed.
However, when Trump went to Washington and shocked the nation by winning the 2016 presidential election, he didn’t go in with a plan. In fact, according to New York Magazine, he didn’t even want to win the presidency.
‘As the campaign came to an end, Trump himself was sanguine. His ultimate goal, after all, had never been to win … He would come out of this campaign, Trump assured Ailes, with a far more powerful brand and untold opportunities.’
In fact, Trump reportedly said:
‘This is bigger than I ever dreamed of. I don’t think about losing, because it isn’t losing. We’ve totally won.’
However, Trump won, and his campaign had to switch gears and become a transition team as Trump only had two months before he was sworn in.
Of course, Trump was surrounded by plenty of people who could offer up suggestions. One of those advising him was Roger Ailes, who stepped down from Fox News after he was accused of sexually harassing women in the workplace for decades.
One of the first positions a president would appoint someone to is the position of chief of staff. The chief of staff could be considered the gatekeeper to the president. If you want to get to the president, you have to get through the chief of staff first. New York Magazine noted the position is sort of like being the prime minister of a country.
Ailes had an idea for the position and told Trump what he needed for that position.
‘You need a son of a bitch as your chief of staff. And you need a son of a bitch who knows Washington. You’ll want to be your own son of a bitch, but you don’t know Washington.’
Ailes then suggested former Speaker of the House John Boehner as a candidate for Trump’s chief of staff.
Now, we should note that’s fairly laughable. Though Boehner definitely knows Washington, his penchant for crying bars him from being considered a mean “son of a bitch.”
The problem is Trump’s response was anything but informed. Instead of noting anything that would disqualify him, Trump responded:
Trump would go on to suggest that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, could be his chief of staff. Sadly, the person who had to break it to Trump and actually explain you can’t hire family was Ann Coulter.
‘Nobody is apparently telling you this. But you can’t. You just can’t hire your children.’
So, there you have it. Not only was Trump beyond uneducated in basic civics, but he didn’t even know who the movers and shakers of Washington D.C. were. Boehner would have never lasted as chief of staff; however, as Speaker of the House, Trump should have known who Boehner was.