Trump picked his new National Security Adviser (NSA) one day after Robert O’Brien lavishly praised the president to the media.
I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Advisor. I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2019
Here is why O’Brien got the job:
Trump liked that Robert O'Brien was effusive in his praise. Speaking to reporters on AF1 yesterday, Trump said: "Robert O'Brien said, 'Trump is the greatest hostage negotiator in history.' He happens to be right." He named him national security adviser a day later.
— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) September 18, 2019
Trump’s picks have nothing to do with skills, qualifications, or talent. Anyone who wants a job in the Trump administration just needs to lavishly praise the president, and make it clear that they will never tell Trump no.
The executive branch of the federal government has been turned into a Donald Trump fan club, and the only way to gain admission into the club is to proclaim yourself the number one fan of Donald Trump.
Trump has completely undermined the Executive Branch’s ability to function with his demand for “loyalty” over competence. A government is only as good as the people who are serving in it. Donald Trump making sure that his area of the government will be dominated by chaos, dysfunction, and incompetence.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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