The evidencelessÂ Russian Narrative has been a tool used by the Democratic party to attempt to delegitimizeÂ Trump. This narrative has successfully dominated the news cycle and almost completelyÂ halted Â Trump’s legislative agenda. A new report from Politico showcases how this Witchhunt is now impacting his ability to fill key positions within his administration.
Potential hires are paying close attention to the expanding investigations, which have now begun to touch senior Trump aides, with some questioning whether they want to join the administration.
So, Trump is currentlyÂ fighting an uphill battle in hiring. Not only does the Trump administration have to persuade them that they would want whatever position they are being offered but they now also has to defend themselves against a narrative that is yet to turn up any evidence.
Four people who work closely with prospective nominees told POLITICO that some potential hires are having second thoughts about trying to land executive branch appointments as federal and congressional investigations threaten to pose a serious distraction to Trumpâ€™s agenda.
â€œItâ€™s an additional factor that makes what was an already complicated process of staffing the government even harder,â€ said Max Stier, head of the Partnership for Public Service, which has advised the Trump transition on hiring.
The statistics back up Politico’sÂ reporting
According to the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service, the White House has announced nominees for just 117 of the 559 most important Senate-confirmed positions.
That trails the records of Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, who had each nominated about twice as many people by this point in the first year of their first terms.
The report then showcases what key positions are yet to be filled
Trump has not yet nominated a No. 2 at the Agriculture Department, Education Department, Department of Veterans Affairs or Environmental Protection Agency, and dozens of top positions at every federal agency remain vacant. Trumpâ€™s nominees for deputy secretary of Commerce and Treasury both withdrew.
This obviously has caused Trump to go to Plan B or C when considering people for each position
One lawyer who represents prospective political appointees told POLITICO that three clients said over the past two weeks that they are no longer interested in working for the Trump administration following the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the federal investigation into Trump associatesâ€™ contacts with Russian officials during the campaign.
â€œThereâ€™s no doubt in my mind that people are being very cautious, to put it mildly,â€ this lawyer said, adding that there is growing concern in Republican circles that the caliber of hires could deteriorate if the administrationâ€™s top picks drop out.
â€œYouâ€™re going to have a situation where theyâ€™re going to have trouble getting A-list or even B-list people to sign up,â€ the lawyer added.
Others agreed. â€œWith all that is going on now, there is certainly a greater amount of hesitation,â€ said a former government official who regularly speaks with one of Trumpâ€™s Cabinet secretaries. â€œThey have a real talent problem that continues to grow.â€
This is exactly what The Democrats wanted. They realize their only hope to stop Trump is by stopping him from having the necessary people in his administration. They use anti-Russia hysteria to plant a false veil of illegitimacy over Trump’s administration. This veil dominates the news cycle and attempts to persuade the American people he is somehow unfit to be President. There is no evidence that supports this narrative. Â This will be no easy fix for Trump but it is one that is a must fix. He needs his administration working with a full complement of employees or his agenda will continue to be stalled.