There may be a big help wanted sign in front of the White House soon, because no one with any integrity wants to work for Donald Trump. Good, highly experienced government officials are leaving in droves. It has become so bad that the president has had to scrape the bottom of the barrel, and it is appalling.
Meet Taylor Weyenth. He was an undergraduate student and fraternity member a year and a half ago. At the time, he was organizing golf tournaments and other charity events to support our veterans and their families. Now, he has one of the most important jobs in the country.
Donald Trump just appointed this 24-year-old to man the Office of National Drug Control Policy that controls a multi-billion-dollar campaign to control the opioid epidemic. This drug crisis is killing 91 people per day and over 64,000 per year, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Yet, the president thinks it is perfectly fine to appoint Weyenth to the position of deputy chief of staff of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). That last person to hold that position was an attorney and longtime government official. Thus far, a minimum of seven administration appointees have jumped ship.
The Washington Post obtained a staff ONDCP memo from acting director Richard Baum that read:
‘ONDCP leadership recognizes that we have lost a few talented staff members and that the organization would benefit from an infusion of new expert staff. The functions of the Chief of Staff will be picked up by me and the Deputy Chief of Staff.’
Former Seattle chief of police and commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Gil Kerlikowske, ran the office while President Barack Obama was in office. He said:
‘It sends a terrible message. It’s a message that we’re not taking this drug issue seriously.’
While Weyenth was in high school, he worked at his family business, Nature’s Chemistry, as Director of Production . The company processed chia seeds and other health items. Ironically, according to the Washington Post:
‘In the summer and fall of 2011, the firm was secretly processing illegal steroids from China as part of a conspiracy involving people from Virginia, California and elsewhere in the United States and one person in China, federal court records show. Weyeneth’s stepfather, Matthew Greacen, pleaded guilty to a felony conspiracy charge last year and received two years probation and a fine.’
The young man was not charged, and Weyenth’s mother, Kim Weyenth said:
‘We didn’t know anything that was going on. It’s a very humongous plant.’
The new appointee has three very skimpy resumes. Although they reference his master’s degree, an MA Political Science, from Fordham University, Weyenth never completed his degree.
The Washington Post reported that University spokesman, Bob Howe said:
‘A student named Taylor Weyeneth is enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham, in a Master’s program for electoral and campaign management. He has not completed his degree yet.’
Weyenth said he volunteered at a monastery for over 275 hours on one resume. Another one said it was over 150 hours. His White House resume does not even mention it. The monastery rectors had “no memory of him and no paperwork related to his volunteer work,” but did not disagree that he was there.
According to the Washington Post, the young man worked in the Trump campaign:
‘Coordinating voter services, and arranging travel and temporary housing for senior campaign officials. He also worked directly with Rich Dearborn, then director of Trump’s transition team, on “special projects,” according to one of his résumés.’
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