White House Staffers Just Dropped a Bombshell Allegation: “We Are Scared”
A new revelation by White House staffers is making headlines nationwide. “We are scared” working in the “hostile” work environment at the White House, they said, according to a Republican staffer cited by Politico.
The White House junior-level staffers are “mimicking what they’re seeing at the top, the unidentified staffer revealed:
“Everyone at the top is so suspicious that it trickles down the org chart, so everyone has become paranoid and suspicious,” he said.
“I wouldn’t call it paranoia under the circumstances. It’s not paranoia if people really are out to get you, and everybody actually is out to get everyone else.”
According to the report, some employees say they have begun turning off business phones and stuffing them in drawers when they get home at the end of the day, due to fears of being monitored. Others are choosing to remain quiet during meetings out of concern that someone will leak their comments to the press.
“People are scared,” said one staffer, calling the White House “a pretty hostile environment to work in.”
Politico states that some staffers have taken to using secure messengers like Confide and Signal in order to communicate on their personal phones. One program gaining popularity within the administration is Wickr, which allows users to set an expiration time on how long an unread message can remain in a recipient’s inbox before it self-destructs.
“They don’t like the idea that supervisors — or anyone else — could have access to their emails,” one staffer said.
Fears grew over the weekend when Sid Bowdidge, a Trump appointee to the Department of Energy who had worked on the campaign, was fired amid reports that he’d expressed anti-Muslim views and argued that Obama had relatives who were terrorists in Twitter posts.
In an interview, Bowdidge blamed the disclosure on an anti-Trump department staffer who had picked through his background. He called the incident “character assassination” and said Obama allies were sending a warning shot to Trump loyalists in agencies.