December 10, 2022

The 24-year-old college grad Trump appointed to solve the opioid crisis just gave up

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One of President Trump’s more problematic hires is thankfully showing himself out the door. Taylor Weyeneth, a twenty-four-year-old Trump campaign staffer who somehow found himself appointed deputy chief of staff at the Office of National Drug Control Policy will be resigning his post after a wave of backlash.

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Weyeneth has no qualifications to work in drug policy beyond tragically losing a relative to heroin overdose; he graduated from college and previously worked for a family firm that produced health foods, which apparently was enough for Trump’s office of presidential personnel to give him a senior position directing the administration’s response to the opioid crisis.

But the attention his hiring received appears to have convinced the department to go in a different direction. A group of ten Democratic Senators just wrote a scathing letter to the President and his staff accusing them of refusing to take the opioid crisis seriously and demanding that they “nominate strong, experienced leadership to key drug policy positions.”

“You have claimed that the opioid epidemic is a top priority for your administration, but the personnel you have staffing these key agencies – and the lack of nominees to head them – is cause for deep concern. This crisis knows no bounds, and we are committed to working across party lines with anyone who is serious about addressing this devastating epidemic” wrote the group.

The firing underscores the way that the Trump administration has been unable to find any decent candidates willing to work for such a loathsome man – and how little the Trump team actually cares about getting the job done.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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