As Donald Trump continues to hire White House staff, a good number of his appointees may be unfit to serve in their designated roles. In fact, it is increasingly becoming clear that Trump may be hiring on the basis of friendship more than anything else.
Keith Schiller: Top White House post for bodyguard who likes getting physical
For starters, take the case of Keith Schiller. In recent time, he has been known as a man with a bad temper at the very least. During one of Trump’s presidential campaign, Schiller was seen in physical clashes with demonstrators and reporters. He was also caught punching a protester outside the Trump Tower at one point. Schiller was also the man who physically threw Univision anchorman Jorge Ramos during a Trump press conference as seen in a video report by CNN.
According to a report from Newsweek, Schiller had started working as a bodyguard for Trump in 1999. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in the New York Police Department (NYPD) as a transit cop then became a detective in the NYPD Strike Force and High Intensity Drug Trafficking area later on. In Trump’s White House, he has become the director of Oval Office operations. Here, his job is to control physical access to the president.
Omarosa Manigault: Reality show celebrity becomes senior White House adviser under Trump
On the other hand, Trump also decided to grant former “The Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault a place in his team. Manigault was best-known as a villain during the first season of the reality show. She later appeared in a 2013 episode of “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.” In Trump’s White House, she was named one the president’s senior advisers. Officially, Manigault is now the communications director for the Office of Public Liaison.
According to a report from Real Clear Politics, Manigault had compared her appointment to Valerie Jarrett, a good friend of former President Barack Obama who played a key role in the White House. So far, Manigault got the president to sign an executive order meant to “promote excellence and innovation” at Historically Black Colleges. She also organized a number of noteworthy appearances by Trump in celebration of Black History Month. This included a visit to the National Museum of African American History & Culture.
However, Manigault has also found herself at the center of controversy since taking the job. A report from the Washington Post revealed that Manigault had an altercation with reporter April Ryan back in February. According to Ryan, Manigault “physically intimated” her in a manner that required Secret Service intervention.
During their confrontation, Manigault made verbal threats. She also claimed that Trump officials had collected “dossiers” of negative information on several journalists, including Ryan. The White House refused to comment on the incident involving Manigault.