President-elect Donald Trump is having serious trouble finding people willing to actually do the work his administration will require – to the point where Trump has asked over fifty top Obama administration officials to stay.
One of the most prominent officials asked to stay is Brett McGurk, Special Envoy to the International Coalition for Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), the international campaign against Daesh (ISIS/ISIL). Trump is perhaps hoping to buttress his nonexistent foreign policy knowledge or experience by keeping McGurk around.
Other big names who were asked to stay in their jobs are Treasury sanctions overseer Adam Szubin, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon, National Counterterrorism Center head Nick Rasmussen and Dabney Kern, the director of the White House Military Office, according to the Hill.
Even with the holdovers, Trump’s administration is nowhere near ready to begin operating at a productive capacity. Out of the 690 administration posts that require Senate confirmation, only 29 have even been named, let alone confirmed. Trump has had a very hard time trying to find anyone with actual experience willing to work for him in the national security field, potentially leaving our nation even more vulnerable than it will be with an ignoramus like Trump in the White House.
Trump boasts about how he “hires the best people,” but he’s assembled the least educated and least qualified cabinet in recent history; many of the appointments are obvious rewards for support during the campaign. Trump’s inability to staff his administration will prove to be a hamper on his heinous ambitions – and if he thinks he’s going to have a smooth confirmation process from Senate Democrats, he’s got another thing coming.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.