Trump’s administration has hired a handful of special aides to be his “eyes and ears” at cabinet agencies. Ever since being sworn in two months ago, Donald Trump has been paranoid about leaks in his administration, and he’s taking steps to eliminate them.
After being the first President ever to appoint a political staffer to the National security council, Donald Trump is now installing his own trusted staffers to report back to him, although the appointees are starting to get on Trump Administration official’s nerves. The white House says the “adviser” will remain their eyes and ears until the departments hire more senior staffers.
According to Pro Publica, at least 16 different departments have Trump Administration babysitters, watching over everyone from Health and Human Services to NASA. These aides report back to the White House’s Office of Cabinet Affairs, which then reports directly to the Oval Office.
The Trump Administration claims that the small teams of inter-office communicators are just a temporary measure, and will help the departments establish a chain of communication back to President Trump himself. But the agencies do fear that the aides are acting as “moles,” telling senior White House staff where the agencies stand on key issues.
For the White House, the strategy seems to be that these aides will fill necessary roles while Trump Cabinet secretaries are still being vetted and voted on by the Senate. Since the administration is taking an unusually long time to nominate and hire—450 major positions are still empty and thousands of lower-level positions are yet to be filled—the babysitters streamline the government’s decision-making process.