With his own stock falling after bucking President Donald Trump on both Charlottesville and Russia, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is having problems filling important posts at the State Department as career diplomats look to bail on an administration that is reeling.
According to Vanity Fair, the White House is considering shuffling existing staffers around as a another shake-up looms similar to Chief of Staff Reince Priebus leaving only to be replaced Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.
As Tillerson, a former Exxon executive, has gone rogue leading to to rumors he may soon be gone, the White House is finding itself hard-pressed to bring new blood into the administration as existing staffers are looking outside.
According to one GOP consultant, he is being inundated with networking administration staffers looking for a path out of an understaffed White House.
“The president is going to have tremendous trouble finding qualified people to fill current and possibly future vacancies. When you have to disband a voluntary business advisory council because business and community leaders are embarrassed to be associated with you, it’s a pretty good indication that finding talent to leave their job and work for you is going to be tough,” explained Terry Olson who worked on the Marco Rubio campaign. “I personally have résumés of numerous people working in the administration looking to get out. There aren’t very many people who are proud to be there right now . . . He now needs these folks a lot more than they need him.”
The Vanity Fair piece goes on to to note that U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley may be forced to shift over to Tillerson’s job should he leave since the under-staffed Trump bench is mostly bare.
“She gets along well with people and appears to be comfortable relying on both foreign service and political staff,” stated one former diplomat who has already left. “I think most people don’t think she has enough experience but given the rest of this administration and the way that the picks are happening. I think she would be more well-received in comparison, because they realize that some of the other Cabinet members they don’t seem super competent or not that strong.”
You can read the whole report here.