Trump’s Ex-COS, Who Trump Hired, Says One Of Trump’s Chief Flaws Was Poor Hiring


Mulvaney: “he didn’t hire very well… and didn’t know how to put together a team that could work well with him.”

Mick Mulvaney, who was President Donald Trump’s acting Chief of Staff until March 2020, said during a CNN interview on June 19 that Trump "didn’t hire very well" after he was asked about the many high-ranking officials who have criticized Trump since leaving their positions.

If there was one criticism I would level against the president, he didn’t hire very well… He did not have experience at running government, and didn’t know how to put together a team that could work well with him.

  • The Post notes that this interview occurred amidst “buzz over Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton’s tell-all book about his time in the White House,” The Room Where It Happened.
  • Multiple other former members of Trump’s staff have since become critics of his administration, including former defense secretary Jim Mattis, former Navy secretary Richard Spencer, and former secretary of state Rex Tillerson.
  • In the 2016 presidential election, Trump said he would “surround myself only with the best and most serious people. We want top of the line professionals.”
  • However, the Post notes that “in the past three and a half years, there’s been high turnover in the White House, and Trump has attacked many of the people he once hired.”
  • For example, Trump has referred to Bolton as a “wacko” on Twitter and as a “liar” in a Wall Street Journal interview.
  • At a White House event on June 18, one reporter yelled a question to Trump: “Why do you keep hiring people that you believe are wackos and liars?” Trump did not answer the question.

Mulvaney claimed the issue was a clash of personalities. He said,

There is something that’s generally consistent with that list that you just gave, which a lot of those folks are folks who are either in the military or actively involved in the military, and that’s just not, the military personality is just not the type that works well with Donald Trump, who is a small businessman who has done extraordinarily well.

In addition to being acting Chief of Staff, Mulvaney also worked for Trump in the Office of Management and Budget and as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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