President of the United States Donald Trump certainly hasn’t had a shortage of critics, and will continue to have them long after leaving office. Among them is a former high ranking official under one of Trump’s favorite Presidents, Ronald Reagan. While Reagan was President, his domestic policy adviser was Bruce Bartlett, a Rutgers and Georgetown graduate that remained at the White House under George H.W. Bush, serving as a Treasury official.
Bartlett would wind up changing his views on the Republican Party, especially when George W. Bush took office, as Bartlett authored several books criticizing the administration. At the time, Bartlett said that the younger President Bush’s cabinet was perhaps the worst in the White House, but now he’s saying that the former regime has been topped.
Bartlett took to social media to proclaim that “Every member of Trump’s cabinet may go down in history as the worst secretary of that department in history.” Among those that he singled out were Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price. Another former White House adviser agreed with him, and even added more named to the list.
That adviser was Alan B. Krueger, who was the head of the Council of Economic Advisers during Barack Obama’s two terms as President. Krueger said that White House Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin should be added to the list of worst all-time. Mnuchin had been criticized for using taxpayer dollars for personal reasons, and Bartlett was just as critical of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who chartered a private jet for personal use.
Bartlett has been on the warpath ever since Trump announced his candidacy for the United States President role, and continues to be critical. “Donald Trump is (to) presidential leadership as the WWE is to sports,” he recently said. These seem like par for the course statements coming from members of the Democratic Party, but Bartlett has remained an independent and has even written an article saying he would never be a Democrat.
Others that have been critical of Trump while also having close ties include Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Tillerson had been trying to work with North Korea in a diplomatic effort to cease their nuclear weapons program. Trump, instead of speaking privately, took to Twitter and said “I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man (his nickname for North Korean leader Kim-Jong Un)…Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!”
News broke out about Tillerson considering resigning as a result, and there were even reports that Tillerson labeled Trump as a “moron.” The report revealed that in a meeting at the Pentagon earlier in the Trump presidency that Tillerson directly said the word “moron” when referring to Trump. It was something that Tillerson didn’t deny, as he said “I’m not going to deal with petty stuff like that,” when asked about his comment. “I’m just not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration.”
Though Tillerson wasn’t one of the specific targets of former White House advisers that included Bartlett, has still been met with plenty of criticism of his own. Between resignation rumors and calls to step down, Tillerson had to respond, and he did by saying “My commitment to the success of our President and our country is as strong as it was the day I accepted his offer to serve as Secretary of State.”
Tillerson added “To address a few specifics that have been erroneously reported this morning, the Vice President has never had to persuade me to remains as Secretary of State, because I have never considered leaving this post.” Nik Steinberg, a former speechwriter and United Nations counselor didn’t echo those statements.
Instead, Steinberg said that Tillerson is among those that have a short shelf life in the Trump cabinet. “I know far too many people at the beginning or middle of their careers – with many diplomatic tours ahead of them – who have decided they can no longer bear to serve in the (Trump) administration. The U.S. government is quietly losing its next generation of foreign policy leaders,” and that Tillerson was among those “running the State Department into the ground.”Those that used to work in the White House are clearly worried about the current and future state of the department.