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Former Trump Aides Are Having An Impossible Time Finding New Jobs In Washington, DC

Former employees of the Trump administration are having a hard time finding new work, affirms a recent Buzzfeed News report.

One recruiter reportedly told the news outlet that companies “are all worried about public backlash,” adding that the concern is “more real with these guys than I’ve seen with anyone else.” The top concern from the private sector appears to be the “reputational risk” associated with hires who have worked for the current president. Those occupying senior level positions are having difficulty finding employment once they leave the administration, but the struggle is, allegedly, even more difficult for middle and low-level aides.

One Washington consultant shared with Buzzfeed his concerns about the “legal risk” of hiring former Trump employees.”There’s a certain level of uncertainness around the toxicity. Generally, there aren’t a ton of jobs waiting for those people.”

Many Trump hires were brand new to government work, such as former Communications Director Hope Hicks, who left her post earlier this year. Companies seemed especially wary of employees who worked with the president during his campaign and those potentially implicated in Special Counsel Mueller’s ongoing investigation.

Three separate sources told Buzzfeed that private companies (whether working in public relations or consulting sectors) appear eager to distance themselves from the anti-immigrant, anti-trade views espoused by the president and his administration.

This is bad news for employees of an administration known for quick turnover, surprise dismissals, and an executive whose television catchphrase was once, “You’re fired.”

Buzzfeed touched on the issue last month when it ran a similar story about Trump staffers trying to leave the White House. Employees hearing about recent firing were reluctant to abandon their posts for fear they would not be able to find jobs outside the administration.

“I’ve talked to several people in the last week trying to find a way out, but they can’t get out because no one is really hiring people with Trump White House experience,” a source told Buzzfeed. “Not a fun time to say the least.”

Christopher Noel
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