Following a disastrous two weeks in which President Donald Trump has become embroiled in controversy after controversy, White House staffers have begun shopping around their resumes according to multiple reports.
Per The Washington Post, the mood in the White House is dour, in the wake of a series of explosive reports now dropping almost daily since FBI director James Comey’s dismissal last week. A TIME Magazine story described a White House “paralyzed” by the commotion, with senior officials walking through the building “with funereal looks on their faces.”
As Trump grows increasingly frustrated with his staff’s inability to stay ahead of the series of mishaps, aides have given up defending the president, weary of taking the blame for failing to contain scandals of Trump’s own making.
According to the Post:
Some White House staffers have turned to impeachment gallows humor. Other mid-level aides have started reaching out to consultants, shopping their resumes. And at least one senior staffer has begun privately talking to friends about what a post-White House job would look like, according to two people close the staffer.
The TIME story has similar reports, noting West Wing aides have begun “shopping résumés to think tanks, super PACs and corporate communications firms.”
The pace of breaking-news scandals in the first few months of this beleaguered administration is reportedly to blame. From a mid-level aide speaking to TIME: “Just when you think the pace is unsustainable, it accelerates. The moment it gets quiet is when the next crisis happens.”
And the woes of White House staffers are unlikely to subside anytime soon: officials are reportedly most concerned about the revelation that Comey took meticulous notes of his conversations with the loose-lipped president. Comey has been invited to testify before Congress next week, and staffers fear their weakened credibility will hinder an ability to push back on allegations.
The Post notes that Trump is considering going ahead with a massive staff shakeup after returning from his first foreign trip. The shakeup will likely be coordinated by his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and some very senior aides are on the chopping block: chief of staff Reince Priebus, press secretary Sean Spicer and communications director Mike Dubke could all be out the door.
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