President Donald Trump is making appointments to high-level government positions slower than the four presidents before him, according to The Washington Post.
As of Tuesday, Trump's 96th day in office, he had nominated 66 officials, while President Barack Obama at 100 days had nominated the most, according to the Post:
- Obama: 190 total.
- Bill Clinton: 176.
- George H.W. Bush: 95.
- George W. Bush: 85.
- Trump: 66.
Obama at this point had the most confirmed, as well, with 69 of his nominees approved.
Trump's lack of familiarity with governing is a possible cause for the slow pace.
"I do not think President Trump's delay in filling critical leadership jobs across the government is deliberate … at the same time, I believe you can run the government with fewer political appointees, but to do that, you must be strategic and understand which jobs have merit and which ones are unnecessary," Max Stier, president of Partnership for Public Service told the Post.
The Post asked federal employees whether the lack of appointees affects their jobs.
"There is a mess when it comes to decision-making. There is a lot of infighting between the Trump political appointees and we see competing with each other for power at meetings," an Environmental Protection Agency employee said.
"Lack of political appointees—even lack of nominees until the past week—has only increased anxiety, as the career acting leadership seems hell-bent on keeping things quiet and taking no risks,” said a worker at the Department of Health and Human Services.
While civil servants take on the roles when political appointees are not available, they cannot initiate policy.
“Career executives who serve in an acting capacity when a political appointee has not been nominated by the president or confirmed by the Senate are akin to substitute teachers,” Stier told the Post.
On the other side, the president's Cabinet secretaries are anxious to get more staff appointed, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is "very frustrated," one Republican House member told the Post.
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