Trump's White House is more hostile for staffers than anyone would have guessed, according to a new Politico (opens in new tab) report released early on Wednesday morning. The news outlet conducted interviews with about a dozen staffers, from junior-level employees to senior aides. The overarching sentiment: widespread fear and paranoia is trickling down from the President and his top aides.
Fear and suspicion of colleagues has reached such a level that some are claiming the executive branch is unable to function properly. According to those interviewed, rival factions within the administration worry other aids are out to undermine them or the President.
Staffers are taking extreme measures to protect themselves, such as using encryption messaging apps on their personal cell phones, not speaking up in meetings, and shutting off their work phones once off the grounds for fear of being tracked. This news comes on the heels of previous reports regarding the administration's aggressive response (opens in new tab) to the numerous leaks.
While this may sound irrational or paranoid, one Republican who communicates with administration aides using said encryption techniques offered this: "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." And you thought your office was competitive.
The Ending of 'The Umbrella Academy' Season 3, Explained
The Netflix hit's finale resets its universe yet again.
By Quinci LeGardye
Lorde Is Now Blonde and It’s the All the Happiness We Need Right Now
By Deena Campbell
The Jeans Brands Fashion Editors Swear By
Your search for the perfect pair of jeans is over.
By Sara Holzman
Roe Is Gone. We Have to Keep Fighting.
Democracy always offers a path forward even when we feel thrust into the past.
By Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland, hosts of Pantsuit Politics Podcast
The Supreme Court's Mississippi Abortion Rights Case: What to Know
The case could threaten Roe v. Wade.
By Megan DiTrolio
Sex Trafficking Victims Are Being Punished. A New Law Could Change That.
Victims of sexual abuse are quietly criminalized. Sara's Law protects kids that fight back.
By Dr. Devin J. Buckley and Erin Regan
My Family and I Live in Navajo Nation. We Don't Have Access to Clean Running Water
"They say that the United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Why are citizens still living with no access to clean water?"
By Amanda L. As Told To Rachel Epstein
30 Ways Women Still Aren't Equal to Men
If anyone tries to tell you otherwise, show them these statistics.
By Megan Friedman
Cory Booker and Rosario Dawson's Relationship Is No More
After three years of dating, the power couple have decided they're better off as friends.
By Marie Claire Editors
Education for Women and Girls Is Crucial for Climate Justice
In an excerpt from her new book, 'A Bigger Picture,' Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate discusses the impact educated African women and girls can have on solving the climate crisis.
By Vanessa Nakate
It’s Time to End Equal Pay Days and Pass the Equal Rights Amendment
The passage of the ERA is a chance for our country to prove it truly values women.
By Hala Ayala