Trump is not nominating qualified candidates

The White House should be run by the best of the best––the most experienced, the most dedicated, and the most qualified. President Trump redefined the White House with the wealthiest and the most unqualified people.

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Trump, with his cabinet in the oval office.

As an outsider, Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp. As a businessman, Donald Trump promised to surround himself with the best people. As president Donald Trump has done neither. The White House is drowning in a damp swamp and his associates have been leaving like an episode of The Apprentice.

From the launch of his campaign, Trump wasn’t capable of choosing the “best people.” His campaign manager was a notorious political operative Paul Manafort. Manafort represented everything wrong about politics: money, personal interest, and corruption. As a principal of a lobbyist firm Black, Manafort, he represented the Tobacco Institute, Herbalife, and many other large corporations for the GOP. Manafort lobbied for oppressive foreign leaders; journalist Art Levine wrote, “Name a dictator and Black, Manafort will name the account.” Manafort’s clients were leaders of dictatorship and political turmoil. He chose money over moral standards. Later in Trump’s campaign, Manafort was fired in the midst of his Ukraine scandal; he had laundered money from the pro-Russian Ukraine government. Now, Manafort is fighting in court.

Steve Bannon, former White House Chief of Staff and Campaign “CEO”, ran an alt-right journalist site: Breitbart. Breitbart releases false or polarized information in order to build a fan base in the alt-right society. From Trump’s mouth, Bannon’s influence was clearly heard––discrediting the mainstream media, tolerating hate groups, and criminalizing immigrants; in the White House, Bannon initiated the DACA repeal. Bannon’s principles and agenda show clear discrimination against minorities and despite his political manipulativeness, he shows zero standards to run the White House or engage in American politics.

Even with a crook and a bigot running the campaign, Trump managed to get elected. Then, he filled the swamp. There are three major types: the parachutes, the hypocrites, and the donors.

Even with a crook and a bigot running the campaign, Trump managed to get elected. Then, he filled the swamp. There are three major types: the parachutes, the hypocrites, and the donors.”

— Alex Kang

The parachutes have landed out of nowhere with zero qualifications. Take Rex Tillerson for example; he’s been successful in delivering America’s message to foreign countries but his only credential as the Secretary of State was that he had friends in oil countries when he was the CEO at Exxon. Also, Ben Carson became the head of the HUD which was a political gift by Donald Trump. His only qualification was that he lived next to utilized housing programs. Previously the White House nominated experts to take these positions. President Obama nominated John Kerry and Hillary Clinton to be the Secretary of State; Kerry had traveled to countries like Pakistan to improve relations and chaired the Foreign Relations Committee; Clinton had experience as the First Lady and also was a commissioner at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. President Obama appointed Shaun Donovan for the head of the HUD who, prior to nomination, was the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

Then there are the hypocrites. Secretary of energy Rick Perry had promised to get rid of the energy department during the 2012 presidential election. Head of the EPA Scott Pruitt had sued the EPA 14 times; now he runs it. They were nominated for jobs they’ve long opposed. These two picks pose an overwhelming glitch in global warming research and environmental protection. Perry rejects reducing carbon emissions and has business conflicts; according to the SEC report, Perry pulled in $236,820 for his sport on the board of directors for Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Scott Pruitt conflicts his duty as well. He favors business over the environment and rejects the possibility of global warming.

Then the donors; they’ve poured millions of dollars into the RNC. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos have donated $200 million to the RNC and BBC reported that her work in Michigan “elevating for-profit schools with no consideration of the severe harm done to traditional public schools” despite “overwhelming evidence” that charter schools were no more successful than their traditional counterparts. Linda McMahon, former president of the WWE, who donated $7 million to the Trump election and millions more to the Trump Foundation was nominated to lead the Small Business Administration.

Most recently, Trump’s nomination for the district judge once again proved that Trump doesn’t have the best people. These nominations are usually a slam-dunk. But, Matthew Petersen had no experience as a judge and again showed zero qualification for his job. Petersen graduated from University of Virginia Law School but had never tried a case. His nomination was later withdrawn.

Senior Advisor Stephen Miller ignores checks and balances; he said on NBC, “that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned for taking excessive charter flights with taxpayers money. White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci lasted ten days until he was fired for an embarrassing feud with Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon. The list continues.

The White House should be run by the best of the best––the most experienced, the most dedicated, and the most qualified. President Trump redefined the White House with the wealthiest and the most unqualified people. Trump’s Cabinet itself is richer than the bottom third of the American population; their estimated net worth is between $9 billion and $14 billion. Trump’s Cabinet has the least experience in government. Trump’s Cabinet has the strongest ties to person business. So has Donald Trump hired the best people? No, he showed zero standards in hiring the people who run the government. Has Donald Trump drained the swamp? No, he hired the rich donors and the establishment politicians (which his supporter defined as the swamp). Trump has zero ability to hire the best people.