Most Americans think Trump doesn’t hire best people: Poll

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Washington, Aug 21 (IANS) US President Donald Trump repeatedly said during the 2016 election that he would “hire the best people” for his administration, but a new poll found that most Americans don’t think he delivered on that promise.

The Monmouth University Poll released on Monday found that only 30 per cent of respondents believe that Trump has hired the “best people,” with 58 per cent saying he has not, reports Politico news.

Twelve per cent of those polled responded either that the President’s hiring record was mixed or that they did not know about his hiring record.

Trump’s White House has experienced a higher-than-usual turnover and several of his hires for his 2016 campaign and administration have made news in recent weeks.

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Paul Manafort, who ran Trump’s presidential campaign in2016, is awaiting a jury verdict on tax evasion and bank fraud charges as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference.

Meanwhile, longtime Trump loyalist Omarosa Manigault Newman made headline over the last week as she embarks on a press tour to promote her new tell-all book, including the release of secret recordings she made during her time in the White House.

The Monmouth poll found that about three-quarters of respondents were aware of Manafort’s trial and Manigault Newman’s book release, Politico reported.

Respondents held a dim view of how the Trump White House operates in general with just 19 per cent said that they were “very confident” in the way that the President’s advisers and staff are handling their jobs and 23 per cent saying they were “somewhat confident” in White House personnel.

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More than half said they were “not too confident” or “not at all confident”.

The poll was conducted by phone from August 15 to 19 with 805 adults in the US.

–IANS

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