Kellyanne Conway: Paperwork Required to Serve in White House Demoralizes People


Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox & Friends Thursday morning to complain about the paperwork required to work in the White House, claiming it discourages “good men and women” from serving the Trump administration.

Friend Ainsley Earhardt first asked Conway why Anthony Scaramucci’s tweet accusing someone of leaking his financial disclosure information included mention of chief of staff Reince Priebus.

The White House counselor gave a textbook Conway non-response, instead opting to scold her classmates colleagues for leaking to the press.

“The fact is that we just have to cut down on people thinking it’s cute and makes them popular, and it somehow enhances their resume and their portfolio for later on, to curry favor with folks who are more interested in covering the style and not the substance here,” she said.

Conway went on to argue that the paperwork one must fill out to serve in government is too much of a hurdle for many people, and that discourages some from seeking to serve.

“There are so many qualified men and women who wanted to serve this president, this administration and their country, who have been completely demoralized and completely, I think, disinclined to do so based on the paperwork that we have to put forward,” Conway lamented.

“Divesting assets, the different hoops you have to run through, because this White House is transparent and accountable and we’ve all complied with those rules,” she added. (A reminder that President Trump has yet to release his tax returns.)

“But it is dis-incentivizing good men and women, and I hope it doesn’t dis-incentivize Anthony,” she concluded.

Conway’s gripe with the thorough vetting procedures of government may be an implicit defense of the fact that a large number of high-level cabinet positions in the Trump administration remain unfilled.

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