Sep 21, 2017

Agriculture Dept. staffed with ex-Trump campaign workers

Trump's campaign slogan appears on a truck by a California farm. Photo: Scott Smith / AP

A number of political appointees at the Department of Agriculture have little agricultural experience — or policy experience at all — but worked on President Trump's campaign, per Politico. A review of 42 resumes revealed that 22 appointees at the USDA worked on the campaign, and some appeared "to lack credentials, such as a college degree, required to qualify for higher government salaries."

Why it matters: It's customary for campaign staff to earn positions in the administrations of the presidents they worked for, but "sources familiar with the department's inner workings" told Politico the lack of experience among Agriculture Dept. appointees is unusual.

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