On the campaign trail, Trump famously said “only I can fix it.” He also insisted he knows and hires “all the best people,” meaning that you should assume that if he can’t fix something, he knows the guy who can.
Here’s that “I alone can fix it” moment:
In the months since, dozens of Trump administration members and appointees have been fired, resigned, and even indicted for crimes against the United States. Now, yet another Trump appointee has withdrawn himself from consideration for a job. An insurance broker named Robert Weaver, Trump’s nominee to head the Indian Health Service, just got caught lying about his previous job experience.
‘In one case, Mr. Weaver said he had held leadership roles at a large hospital; however, some of his former colleagues and supervisors said his role there was as a registration clerk.
‘Mr. Weaver, a member of the Quapaw tribe of Oklahoma, was nominated to lead the agency in October. The Indian Health Service, which provides care for more than 2 million Native Americans, hasn’t had a permanent leader since 2015. It has endured a series of crises over poor treatment of patients.
‘The agency’s current acting director, Michael Weahkee, disclosed that Mr. Weaver had withdrawn to a tribal leaders who were attending a meeting Wednesday of an IHS advisory panel in Reno, Nev., according to a person who was there.’
So much for knowing “all the best people,” right?
The WSJ reported on Weaver’s apparent mischaracterizations nearly two months ago, giving rise to questions about why it took as long as it did for him to be removed from consideration for the position:
On the résumé, he described financial roles he held at the hospital, including overseeing accounts receivable and the budget. In the document addressed to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee after his nomination, he said he worked in “supervisory and management positions” there, according to a spokeswoman for Sen. Tom Udall, a New Mexico Democrat who is vice chairman of the committee. The committee is responsible for reviewing the nomination before the full Senate considers it.
Yet that’s not how former coworkers remember it:
‘However, former St. John’s managers in some of the areas where he said he worked don’t remember him: “I don’t recall that name whatsoever,” said Augusto Noronha, who was chief financial officer of the hospital from 1999 until 2005.
‘“I’ve never heard that name before,” said Wayne Noethe, a former controller at the hospital.
‘Another former executive, Bob Henderson, who was director of patient financial services, said he recalled a subordinate named Rob Weaver who registered E.R. patients, gathered insurance information and collected copays, and who eventually supervised a few other patient-registration workers.’
Clearly Weaver was lying, and actually worked in an entry-level position in the hospital.
Good job, @WSJ, for exposing this poser. Robert Weaver wasn't remotely qualified to lead Indian Health Service. Here's the @StribOpinion editorial on Weaver. https://t.co/zWAQTCl2Ca https://t.co/2p3qxGbeps
— jburcum (@jburcum) February 21, 2018
It’s also interesting that he removed himself from consideration, rather than having the Trump administration withdraw the nomination for what was an obviously unvetted candidate. Then again, when it comes to Donald Trump, the highest-prized trait in his underlings actually seems to be loyalty. A shameless liar and conman would actually fit right in with his administration, as long as they kissed up enough.
robert weaver, trump nominee with phony resume, just pulled his nomination. i wrote about the issue when it first surfaced. https://t.co/IWOZ9VoSPg
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) February 21, 2018
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