White House staff quitting as scapegoat search gets under way
Staff morale in Donald Trump's White House is said to be at an all-time low, with some aides polishing up their CVs as resentment grows against their commander-in-chief.
Exhausted by trying to put out fires created by their impulsive boss, some are quietly looking to leave, while others fear the latest week of scandal may inflict irreparable damage both to this presidency and their own careers.
"Nobody knows where they stand, or how long they will be in a job," one source close to White House aides tsaid.
Mr Trump is "frustrated" and "angry" at the performance of his White House staff, it has been reported, and is threatening to purge large numbers in a "huge reboot".
But the dislike is increasingly mutual. As the White House struggles with an avalanche of allegations stemming from the presidential campaign's connections with Russia, aides are more willing than ever to leak their frustration to the press.
Mr Trump does not believe the recent backlash is due to any misdemeanours on his part, it is said, but sees it as a public relations failure.
He has laid the blame largely with Sean Spicer, his press secretary, and the communications team.
Aides said they were angry with a president who demands loyalty but is willing to publicly undermine his staff. Mike Pence, the vice-president, and Mr Spicer both insisted that Mr Trump fired James Comey, the former FBI chief, on the advice of his justice department, for example. Mr Trump announced the next day that he would have fired Mr Comey regardless.
Aides complain that the president has made them look like "liars" and worry that the White House's credibility is in shreds.
"The real question is, how long do you put up with it?" one said.
Experts say Mr Trump's reputation as a boss who is willing to burn his staff may make it more difficult to recruit high quality candidates for the glaring number of positions the administration still needs to fill. (© Daily Telegraph, London)