We have all seen how desperately unprepared Donald Trump really was to take on the job of president of the United States. He has routinely rolled out orders that have been unable to withstand legal scrutiny and have been struck down; he has only recently found a bit more favor in the court system because of his appointment of judges sympathetic to his cause.
Trump’s difficulties aren’t confined to the policy arena; he has also proven to have incredible difficulties in the HR field. For one, four of those he had close to him during the campaign have now faced charges stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of his team. Most recently, his former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and revealed that he would be cooperating with Mueller’s investigation.
Trump, of course, has maintained that there’s nothing to the Russia scandal throughout this whole thing, even though, as mentioned, a grand total of four of his former associates have faced charges.
Trump’s troubles with staffing extend to his presidential administration, with the Wall Street Journal now reporting that the Trump Administration has now set a record for its first year staff turnover rate.
The publication bases its reporting on analysis by senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Kathryn Dunn-Tenpas. According to Dunn-Tenpas, the senior staff turnover rate in Trump’s first year in office has been 34 percent. That rate is higher than the one recorded for any president in the last 40 years; the runner-up was the Reagan Administration, with a turnover rate of 17 percent during Ronald Reagan’s first year in office.
In other words, it’s not as though the media is just hyping up that there is a problem with staffing in the Trump Administration. The president — if he even pays any attention at all to these reports — is no doubt likely to dismiss their significance. However, how is the United States supposed to present an about-face to the world when it comes to essentially any issue at all when the very face of our government changes on a regular basis?
Among those to have left the White House are the now former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Trump’s first chief of staff Reince Priebus, Trump’s aforementioned now former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and — among many others — Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price.
Dunn-Tenpas included in her tallying those senior staff members who have been reassigned. An example of this would be John Kelly, who started out Trump’s Administration as his Secretary of Homeland Security but has since become his chief of staff.
President Obama, who left office with an approval rating that President Trump can only dream of attaining, only saw a senior staff turnover rate of nine percent during his first year in office.
Dunn-Tenpas commented to the Journal that although the high rate can be explained, it’s still striking.
‘That’s unprecedented to me. The first year always seems to have some missteps on staffing, often because the skills that worked well running a campaign don’t always align with what it takes to run a government. In this case, it’s a president with no experience in government and people around him who also had no experience.’
For now, whether or not he’s equipped to do so, Trump continues to push ahead with his fiercely pro-corporate agenda, having recently signed a tax reform plan into law that advances that agenda.
Besides the high turnover, there also remain a number of important posts unfilled across the Trump Administration, including at the State Department.
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