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No one in Washington wants to hire former Trump aides: report

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Veterans of the Trump administration are being turned away in droves from Washington jobs that normally go to people with White House experience, BuzzFeed News reports.

The report, sourced to “10 current and former administration officials, top recruiters, and lobbyists” says that people who worked in the Trump White House are “toxic” and that companies are worried about legal drama. One public affairs firm that employs both Democrats and Republicans says it will not touch any former Trump aides because of “reputational risk.”

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“It’s going to be more challenging than ever before for folks coming out of the White House,” a recruiter told BuzzFeed. “There seems to be more of a visceral reaction — there’s no question that’s true.”

People who had not worked in politics before working on Trump’s outsider campaign have it harder than Republicans who worked for their party’s leader, the report says. Working for Trump hurts their resume, but if they have previous experience that might get them a job.

“A lot of the people in the White House don’t realize how tight the market is right now for their services,” a former White House official told the site. “Any job they can hope to get on the outside will have to be because of their work before being in the White House.”

More troubling, Republicans who are in the middle of their career say they will not work for Trump because it could hurt their prospects going forward. Which means Trump’s pledge to have “all the best people” is unlikely to ever come true.

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Eric Trump bragged about the stock market as the US crossed 100,000 dead — and it didn’t go well

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On Wednesday, the number of reported coronavirus deaths in the United States officially hit the 100,000 mark — a milestone experts have been anticipating for days.

But at the same time, President Donald Trump's second son chose to take the moment to brag about how the stock market was doing.

GREAT DAY for the DOW!! https://t.co/t0cK3wOKUu

— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) May 27, 2020

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Navajo Nation got masks from a former Trump official — that ‘are not approved by the FDA’: report

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The Indian Health Service acknowledged on Wednesday that 1 million respirator masks it purchased from a former Trump White House official do not meet Food and Drug Administration standards for “use in healthcare settings by health care providers.”

The IHS statement calls into question why the agency purchased expensive medical gear that it now cannot use as intended. The masks were purchased as part of a frantic agency push to supply Navajo hospitals with desperately needed protective equipment in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

ProPublica revealed last week that Zach Fuentes, President Donald Trump’s former deputy chief of staff, formed a company in early April and 11 days later won a $3 million contract with IHS to provide specialized respirator masks to the agency for use in Navajo hospitals. The contract was granted with limited competitive bidding.

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Police clash with George Floyd protesters in Minneapolis for second straight day

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On Wednesday, protests against the police killing of George Floyd continued — and once again, police and demonstrators clashed, with authorities using chemical agents to attempt to deter the crowds.

Protestors move further back into street after police shoot some kind of deterrent pic.twitter.com/yrvqziOMbD

— christine nguyen (@xinewin) May 27, 2020

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