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Former RNC Head Says "Crazy" Trump Can't Find People To Work For Him

The scandals and turmoil in the White House are complicating President Trump’s efforts to fill key positions in his administration, according to Newsweek.

Communications Director Mike Dubke turned in his resignation this week, which sparked speculation of other possible staff changes. The problem is finding qualified people who are willing to join Trump’s team, which is under fire for its Russian connections and inability to get legislation passed in Congress.

Michael Steele, who chaired the Republican National Committee from 2009 to 2011, told The Hill that “the talent pool is shrinking because who wants to sign up for crazy?” He explained: “Nobody wants to step into a situation where you’re flying by the seat of your pants and don’t know whether what you just said will hold up from one news cycle to the next. Nobody is going to be lining up for positions with that much uncertainty.”

Newsweek noted that many of Trump’s top aides have little experience in government. Strategist Steve Bannon, adviser Jared Kushner and presidential assistant Ivanka Trump have been learning the complexities of federal systems on the job. The staffers sometimes contradict the president and give reporters contrasting statements. The administration also has been plagued by embarrassing leaks regarding the Russian affair and other issues.

The Hill noted that Steele and other establishment Republicans have often criticized the administration. They were lukewarm to Trump during the 2016 presidential race, claiming the candidate was not a true conservative and suggesting he was not even a Republican. In March, Steele predicted in a West Wing Reports interview that Trump would not complete his four-year term.

In addition to finding someone to take over Dubke’s job, Trump may be looking for a new White House press secretary. His current top spokesman, Sean Spicer, has a rocky relationship with the news media. He has made several controversial statements, including his bizarre assertion that Adolf Hitler did not “gas his own people.”

Another administration official who could be on the way out is Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. One of Trump’s ex-aides told The Hill that the former RNC chairman is under fire for his hiring decisions. There are rumors that Priebus could become the U.S. ambassador to Greece. Among those who might replace him are David Urban, an adviser for the Trump campaign, and Andy Card, former President George W. Bush’s chief of staff. Both men have considerably more experience in the nation’s capital than most of the current White House staff.

“I have never seen it before where people came into work in the West Wing and had never met the president — it’s unheard of,” a former Trump adviser said. “There are plenty of people who would give both arms to have one of these jobs. What they need is a chief of staff or someone else with a Rolodex of 5,000 names and a broad network to come clean this up.”

The Hill suggested that “a more seasoned chief of staff” and other appointees could improve Trump’s relationship with mainstream Republicans like Sen. John McCain. The Arizona lawmaker has been one of the president’s most outspoken GOP critics, particularly regarding foreign policy. “I realize that some of President Trump’s actions and statements have unsettled America’s friends,” McCain said during a recent trip to Australia, according to The Associated Press. “They have unsettled many Americans, as well.”

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