President Trump has only gotten 43 political appointees confirmed, as opposed to 151 for President Obama and 130 for President Bush (at a comparable time in their term). Washington Post reporter Lisa Rein talks to MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle about her article on the subject.
MSNBC, STEPHANIE RUHLE: Donald Trump made the point, that Washington is bloated, we’re going to streamline it, cut it down. Is there an argument to be made we don’t need all those posts filled?
LISA REIN, WASH POST: Well, that’s a hard question to answer. But we anecdotally are hearing that because there are so few political appointees in place, there’s really not enough leadership.
So the civil servants who are in acting roles ,running the government, are in this kind of paralysis. They don’t get enough guidance from above from the Trump team, how they want their agenda to be carried out.
So I would say, certainly, the day-to-day operations of government are in place, because that’s what civil servants are best at. But even Republicans have complained in a letter, actually, that we cite in our story. They are complaining to Trump that if he doesn’t get his political team agencies, from interior to State Department to the Defense Department, that they can’t carry out the agenda that they really got elected to put in place. …read more