John McEntee, former director of the White House Office of the President’s Personnel during the Trump administration and founder and CEO of The Right Stuff, told Breitbart News on Thursday that many of former President Donald Trump’s political appointees were “NPCs” who would “run” when challenged. by leftist pressure campaigns.
McEntee said most of Trump’s appointees were politically aligned with the 45th president’s vision, but lacked the strength of character to persevere when targeted by hostile political and media forces.
“For the most part, the three or four thousand political appointees, most of them were pro-Trump,” he told SiriusXM. Breitbart News Daily hosted by Alex Marlow. “The problem wasn’t that he was against Trump. The biggest problem is that they are NPCs, right? They are non-playing characters. A lot of these people just want to build their resume, tour the West Wing, go to the White House Christmas party. He’s actually pro-Trump, but it’s strictly superficial.”
He added, “Well, when the game is on the line and it’s time to effectively ban diversity training, they get tired. This is the problem.”
The former White House official said political appointees mostly prioritize their career aspirations within D.C.’s predominantly left-leaning and partisan political environment. He said they are “striking out” in the face of left-wing intimidation operations as a defensive reaction to protect their future prospects in the nation’s political industry.
“The problem is that a lot of people are in them [political D.C.] circles, and then when the game is on the line, they pop,” he emphasized. “Many of [political appointees] they’re just going through the motions, rather than actively undermining an agenda,” McEntee said. “They just go together to get along. They just do what the public service says.”
He continued, “The biggest problem is making sure that people are really active when they’re pro-Trump and really want to do the agenda part, instead of just the resume-I-got-to-get-a-White-House-souvenir part .”
McEntee recommended the political recruitment of “strong-willed” talent from outside Washington, DC, among those without long-term ambitions to be encouraged among the ruling class and its orthodoxies.
“I think people just need to know — which they probably go for — what they want,” he observed. “The type of people that should come in maybe they should be younger. Maybe they should be free. … It’s a harsh environment … MeIf you get fresh blood from outside DC, that will be less of a problem.”
And he concluded, “Changes can be made. It can be done. You just need those right people.”
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