[5/18/17] Johnny DeStefano, a GOP elite loyalist who never vocally supported Trump, was somehow given the most important job in a presidential transition. As director of presidential personnel, DeStefano decides who will work in the Trump administration. DeStefano has been using his power to undermine Trump in several ways.
Johnny DeStefano, head of personnel and policy for President Donald Trump, has blocked Trump supporters from the White House, twenty-three people with directly knowledge of hiring and personnel have reported to me.
Over 800 Trump supporters hold positions as Schedule C Federal Employees. These positions are temporary, and expire after 120 days.
Fewer than 15% of Trump’s temporary appointees (Schedule C) have been given permanent positions. Their terms are coming up, and they are being sent home.
One source told this reporter:
I was told that I have a permanent position, moved to that position, was given a new email address, but my paperwork says I am still on a 120 appointment that expires on the 20th. Half of the original Trump supporters here are in the same boat as me, the other half were told that they would not be re-appointed. So that 15% number (hopefully not, in my case) may be even lower.
Even pro-Trump interns are being blocked, as another source told me:
Hey Mike. I was a Trump field rep in [a swing state which Trump narrowly carried]. I wrote recommendations for several college kids for the WH internship.
I guess I should have written that they were never trumpers as opposed to volunteers from before the primary.
No one from White House intern dept called me as a reference.
Trump has received well-justified criticism about being short-staffed.
John Fund of FoxNews reported that Trump had only 20% of the staff Bill Clinton had.