The latest White House purge of staffers, MSNBC anchor Katy Tur examined why Donald Trump has so much trouble attracting and retaining quality employees.
“Everything is totally fine at the White House, don’t mind the historic staff turnover or the policy clashes or the porn star suing the president,” Tur said, sarcastically. “There’s nothing to see here.”
“Why all the trouble attracting and keeping advisers, strategists and big thinkers?” Tur wondered. “It could be the president’s erratic policy making, the fear of being drawn into the Mueller investigation, or the demands of loyalty from a leader who doesn’t respond in kind. Not exactly selling points for high quality hires.”
“So our big question of the day is, ‘who wants to be a White House staffer?’ The president says anyone he wants. The reporting shows that’s not exactly true,” Tur noted.
“Certainly the Mueller probe is a big part of this, it hovers over the entire West Wing. People inside are worried about legal exposure and mounting legal bills, if it comes to that,” Associated Press White House correspondent Jonathan Lemire suggested. “It is a tough environment in there, all the reporting we’ve done, morale is an all-time low, there are people in there doing three or four jobs at once and wearing down.”
“Still so many other open positions that have never been filled,” Tur reminded.
“President Trump does not treat his staff well, he publicly embarrasses them and undermines them,” noted former White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “So if you know you’re going to get criticized or undermined by your boss before you even get there, and once you get there you’re not likely to have influence on the process, then why would you even go?”