Mysteriously, it seems that Donald Trump is having a difficult time luring top talent to work for his administration. In fact, the problem’s become so severe that administration officials now must lower standards drastically to fill key positions.
The New Yorker reports that prospects are no longer being asked for professional references when applying for jobs, which they describe as the Trump administration’s broader effort to fill more vacant positions as quickly as possible.
The report points out that the President Barack Obama’s administration “had used a questionnaire with sixty-three queries about employment, finances, writings, and social-media posts” before they brought someone onboard. In contrast, the report says that the Trump administration decided to cut the number of questions by more than half, and also removed questions concerning “loans, personal income, and real-estate holdings.”
The administration is also following their president’s example by not asking applicants to show their tax returns, according to the report.
One source told the New Yorker that over the course of Trump’s administration, officials have looked for “creative” methods to circumvent issues concerning conflicts of interest allowing new hires to work for Trump without having to give up their investments.
“If you look at them as technical rules that lawyers should be able to ‘get around,’ that gives you a whole different approach,” one source explained. “It’s like tweeting after a couple of beers. It’s not going to end well.”
This news should come as no shock considering how Trump has filled his cabinet with nothing but Wall Street sharks, family members, and an assortment of unqualified loyalists who are almost as clueless in their new jobs as Trump himself. There’s no question that the election of Donald Trump represents a new low in American standards, so in a way, it only seems fitting that his administration’s hiring practices reflect that trend.
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