A new report from BuzzFeed News says staffers who are trying to leave the Trump White House are learning that no one wants to hire them. Ten current and former administration officials, recruiters, and lobbyists say that former Trump admin officials are struggling to find jobs that normally go to people with White House experience.
It’s because the risks are greater than the rewards for these employers—specifically, the “reputational risk” that hiring a Trump admin aide might bring to the company.
In another case, a White House official said he was rejected out of the blue for a job after being given indications he would be hired. He was explicitly told that his connection with the Trump White House had been a problem for people at the company.
A top recruiter who has been trying to place administration officials in new jobs says,
[Companies] are all worried about public backlash. That’s more real with these guys than I’ve seen with anyone else.
It’s going to be more challenging than ever before for folks coming out of the White House. There seems to be more of a visceral reaction—there’s no question that’s true.
Several sources said it has been especially hard for mid- and lower-level aides to find new jobs, but even some senior-level staffers are struggling—particularly those who either got their jobs after working for the campaign and were new to government work or those who have gotten dragged into the Russia investigation.
Mueller’s probe has proved to be a difficult stain for staffers to overcome. A top Washington consultant put it this way:
There’s a legal risk there. There’s a certain level of uncertainness around the toxicity. Generally, there aren’t a ton of jobs waiting for those people.
Many Republicans are turning down job opportunities with the Trump White House because they don’t want to hurt their future career prospects:
A lot of the people in the White House don’t realize how tight the market is right now for their services. Any job they can hope to get on the outside will have to be because of their work before being in the White House.
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