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Report: Trump Faces Challenge in Adding New WH Staff

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By    |   Wednesday, 31 May 2017 10:28 AM

President Donald Trump will find difficulty bringing in new workers to his White House, including finding experienced and willing candidates, according to The Hill.

"The talent pool is shrinking, because who wants to sign up for crazy?' Michael Steele, former head of the Republican National Committee, said in the Hill report.

"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," Steele added.

The president's outside advisers place blame on chief of staff Rience Priebus, saying that he has not pulled in quality staff members. "I have never seen it before where people came in to work in the West Wing and have never met the president — it's unheard of," one former Trump adviser said in The Hill's report.

Trump has been open about discussing the possible exit of Priebus, according to a Tuesday report in The New York Times.

"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 official said in the report.

The chaotic nature of Trump himself appears to feed into the uncertainty, according to The Hill. "I don't foresee any staff changes having an impact on the trajectory of this administration. You cannot retool the communications operation unless the principal retools," Ryan Williams, a former Mitt Romney adviser, said in The Hill's report.

Loyalty to Trump appears to be a priority for the administration, according to Williams. "It seems difficult for outsiders to come in and gel with the existing structure that has been put into place. President Trump doesn't seem to trust people who haven't been loyal to him for a long time," Williams said in The Hill's report.

The search for staff at Cabinet agencies, including the State Department and Labor Department, has slowed down the progress in enacting Trump's agenda, the report said.

The Times report Tuesday said that no position in the administration feels secure. Aides said the president has not ruled out the possibility of his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, exiting their White House positions.

People briefed on the discussions said in the Times report that Trump has sought advice from corporate officials including Fox media mogul Rupert Murdoch. The people also noted that conservative radio host Laura Ingraham could be brought in for a communications role.

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