While running for president, Donald Trump assured the country that he’d only hire “the best people.” His private sector success stood as the perfect backdrop for making such a bold promise as he ran for the top job in a government with a reputation for cronyism and incompetence at all levels. Trump’s status as a successful businessman certainly gave a lot of people hope that he would indeed choose “the best people” for various positions in his administration.
And then he took office, and the regular flow of people in and out of positions has undermined that promise.
Trump had been praised for picking General Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis as his secretary of Defense, only to blast him as “the world’s most overrated general” after he left his position. Trump blasted his former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as “ill-equipped” and “dumb as a rock.” If that’s the case, why did he choose him? Trump’s conflicts with his national security advisor John Bolton resulted in an unconventional firing and mocking, and now Bolton is on the verge of testifying in the impeachment inquiry. Bolton’s reputation as a hawk contrasted with Trump’s foreign policy approach, which may have been a good way to achieve a balanced foreign policy, but Trump ultimately decided their philosophies were too different.