Trump’s USDA is one of the more controversial departments in the Trump era. Late last year, Trump’s top scientist pick, Sam Clovis, withdrew from consideration after news broke about his involvement in former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos’ attempt to arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and Russia.
Aside from the Clovis blunder, several current USDA employees have no business working for the department. The latest unqualified person to join the USDA is a former cabana attendant at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York, Christopher O’Hagan. O’Hagan now serves as the confidential assistant at the Agricultural Marketing Service.
A former truck driver named Nick Brusky plays a vital role in the Foreign Agricultural Service. Then there is Tim Page, who is part of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Page owned a landscape company before moving to the USDA.
How did they all land a spot in Trump’s USDA? Easy. They all worked on his campaign.
Austin Evers, American Oversight’s executive director, commented, “There is a clear prioritization of one attribute, and that is loyalty.”
He continued, “The theme that emerges is pretty clear: What do you have to do to get an administration job? Work on the campaign.”
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