Given Donald Trump’s long track record for stiffing vendors and contractors and treating his own employees poorly, it should probably come as no surprise that Trump would have a problem holding onto his own staff at the White House.
It is stunning, however, when a President is having difficulty attracting quality people to take cabinet level appointments and other top positions. Trump recently suffered another setback when yet another of his appointees withdrew.
Trump was forced to accept a letter from Philip Bilden stating that he has declined Trump’s offer to make him Secretary of the Navy. Wrote Bilden, “I informed Secretary of Defense Mattis with regret that I respectfully withdraw from consideration as Nominee for the 76th Secretary of the Navy. I fully support the President’s agenda and the Secretary’s leadership to modernize and rebuild our Navy and Marine Corps, and I will continue to support their efforts outside of the Department of the Navy. However, after an extensive review process, I have determined that I will not be able to satisfy the Office of Government Ethics requirements without undue disruption and materially adverse divestment of my family’s private financial interests. I am deeply grateful for Secretary Mattis’ enduring support and confidence throughout the nomination process. I have been greatly honored by President Trump’s consideration of me to lead our committed and capable Sailors and Marines who defend our Nation’s interests at home and in harm’s way.” Is it disturbing that so few people want to work for our President?