In normal times, it would go to the top of anyone’s resume or resume. Serving in the White House has typically been a passport to a lucrative job on a corporate board, in the lobbying industry, or in a prestigious Washington think tank.
But the students of the Donald Trump administration could have a rude awakening. The outgoing president proved so disruptive and divisive that those who perceive themselves as his facilitators may find themselves with a cold back while seeking alternative employment.
“Those people will carry this stain with them for the rest of their lives,” he said. Moe Vela, Former Senior Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden. “The further we get away from his mandate, the more historians, political scientists, political agents and history itself will discover, reveal and continue to demonstrate how corrupt this was. And as that continues, the stain will get darker and bigger. “
Presidential transitions can be brutal affairs. Officials who have grown accustomed to working in America’s most famous address, intervening on economic and national security issues that impact the world, suddenly find themselves thrown into the cold Washington after the new president takes office. elected in a gloomy January. day.
But there is generally a network of support, including nearby K Street, home to political lobbying firms, and a variety of thinktanks in the capital and beyond. Condoleezza rice, Former secretary of state under President George W Bush, is now director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, which also provided refuge for Trump alumni Jim Mattis and HR McMaster.
White House press secretaries can thrive in the media or in the corporate world. Jay Carney, who was a spokesman for Barack Obama from 2011 to 2014, is Amazon’s senior vice president and head of public relations. His successor, Josh Earnest, A former NBC News and MSNBC analyst, he is now Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for United Airlines.
But Kayleigh McEnany, who currently sits on the podium, may find that job harder to come by. She has been a staunch defender of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and false claims of election manipulation, as well as a fierce critic of the press. Oliver Darcy, a CNN media reporter, recently asked: “Has McEnany ever provided the press with any useful information at one of these so-called briefings? It is difficult to remember any real news that was broken or offered at these events. “
McEnany may seek to follow in the footsteps of Trump’s first press secretary, Sean Spicer, now host of the conservative television channel Newsmax. She already appears regularly on Fox News and could formalize the arrangement. (Successor to Spicer, Sarah Sanders, published a memoir and is rumored to be planning to run for governor of his home state of Arkansas).
But for others, the future is harder to discern. The president’s daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, also a senior adviser, are said to be persona non grata in New York, where they could have hoped to resume their old lives. As an alternative, Ivanka is reportedly considering running for a Senate seat in Florida.
Ben Carson, the housing secretary, has told his confidants that he wants to start an expert group, reported the Axios website. Carson “wants to start an organization that will promote Trump’s policies and foster bipartisan dialogue, a source in his inner circle told Axios.”
Stephen Miller, a senior adviser who pushed through Trump’s hardline immigration policies and efforts to roll back the election, is unlikely to prosper in Joe Biden’s Washington, a staunchly Democratic city. Then-Home Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was booed, interrupted and greeted with chants of “shame!” and “ending family separation” at a Mexican restaurant in 2018.
Vela commented: “I don’t think there is any place in the United States, or anywhere in the world, that the most recognized and highest profile can go back to where they will not meet with a semblance of resistance, at least in the foreseeable future “.
Expressing hostility toward Miller felt by many, Vela, an LGBTQ and Latino entrepreneur and activist, added: “Frankly, it’s so vile that unless he rehabilitates or has some redemptive situation, I don’t understand the contribution he makes to the human family. “.
There are a few possible shelters in Washington. The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank that has organized speeches by Trump officials and backers, and the Federalist Society, enormously influential in the president’s appointment of more than 200 conservative justices, could look favorably on those who remained loyal to the bitter end.
But Rick Wilson, A co-founder of Project Lincoln, who worked to ensure Trump’s electoral defeat, warned that his aides and accomplices will now be stigmatized everywhere. “It’s going to be a very unique difference from the traditional idea that you worked in the White House and ended up with a fabulous set of jobs ahead of you,” he said.
“It was always a compensation to get into any administration to get credentials and experience and a career advancement. This is likely to have the exact opposite result of what everyone expected. No one came out of this covered in glory. They were beaten, corrupt, humiliated and ashamed, so this is a very different scenario from any previous administration.
Wilson added: “No corporate board is going to say, ‘Oh hey, I need a person from the Trump administration on the board,’ unless it’s the MyPillow guy. [Mike Lindell, an ardent Trump supporter]. I don’t really see it as a traditionally perceived career benefit. “
In the past, outgoing officials could potentially draw on a previous career. After serving in the Bill Clinton White House from 1993 to 1997, Elaine kamarck He returned to academia by joining the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
“I suppose Donald Trump will create some kind of political organization, using all the money that he has been raising claiming that the election was stolen, and that operation will employ some of the people,” he said. “I think the children will probably try again to save the business empire.
“Some of them may have political aspirations, but I don’t see many of the people close to Trump becoming lobbyists because Trump never had good relations with Congress and he certainly does not. I don’t see them entering think tanks because there are no academics among them. “
Kamarck, Senior Researcher in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution Thinktank in Washington, he added: “Look, Donald Trump didn’t have a normal presidency, so it won’t be a normal post-presidency either.”
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