White House chief of staff John Kelly has got a tough job. He is the point person for a lot of people in the mad house Donald Trump reigns over. Not only have big names in the administration seem to be resigning or getting fired every other week, there are still hundreds of staff positions that need to be filled. According to Politico, Kelly is doing his best to cram as many people as he can into jobs. It's been nine months since Trump was inaugurated, and there's seemingly still a lot of confusion over how to run the place.
One of the biggest issues about finding people to fill these positions is that they have to not only be qualified, they also can't have expressed anything negative about Trump or his administration leading up to their nomination.
As you might imagine, people like that aren't thick on the ground
“Look, everyone in the White House is upset. It’s both a problem of getting candidates through the bureaucracy and through the Senate. Of course Kelly is upset,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Politico. “The whole system is totally screwed up.”
The frustration engendered by all this falls mostly on Kelly—though he denies he's frustrated no matter how many times he's caught on camera, apparently wigging out. He claims that's his "thinking face."
He's got a tough job, especially because Trump has said he thinks there are too many jobs in the federal government as it is. Last week, he told Forbes in an interview, “I’m generally not going to make a lot of the appointments that would normally be – because you don’t need them. I mean, you look at some of these agencies, how massive they are, and it’s totally unnecessary. They have hundreds of thousands of people.”
It's hard to tell if this is just a way to cover the administration's failing track record for keeping people on the job, or if he really wants to make a change. But it's a difficult shift to make, and leaves many people scrambling to figure out the chain of command when there are huge empty gaps above and below their job title.
Seems like a reason to look frustrated.