When candidate Donald Trump traveled across the country to make the case for his presidency to the American people, he promised time and time again that he would find the ”best and most serious people” to come into his administration. He was going to drain the swamp of Washington and bring in the “top, top people.”
It was, after all, the skill that most of the country knew him for on “The Apprentice.” Trump boasted of his unique ability to spot talent and surround himself with those stars. He could do it in business, and he’d do it in government.
But many members of the team Trump assembled have shown few of those qualities, and the president has not been the manager he advertised himself as. In just eight months in office, the president has had to part ways with a shockingly high number of top officials because of misdeeds, controversy and infighting. It’s led to an administration without a significant legislative accomplishment under its belt.
On Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned after revelations that he flew on private and military jets that unnecessarily cost taxpayers more than $1 million. The scandal was particularly ironic for Price given that he had branded himself as a fiscal conservative during his days in Congress.
Price is just the latest Trump pick to flop.
Michael Flynn was the first casualty. The retired lieutenant general resigned as national security adviser less than a month into the administration after it was revealed he discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador prior to Trump’s inauguration and then lied about doing so. Later, it was revealed the White House knew Flynn was under federal investigation for undisclosed foreign lobbying but gave him the national security job anyway, casting doubt on Trump’s boasts about selecting only the “best people.”
Less than three months later, Trump forced out FBI Director James Comey in part because of his agency’s…