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President trump donald john trump walker warns of dem wave in wisconsin after liberal wins state judicial race trump speaks with israel’s netanyahu as tensions simmer in region dem-backed candidate wins wisconsin supreme court race MORE ’s penchant for making unconventional picks to fill senior positions is once again on full display.

On wednesday, he announced that he would nominate the white house physician, ronny jackson, to replace david shulkin david jonathon shulkin president tells embattled EPA chief to stay strong vets group to trump: remove acting VA secretary, elevate deputy to job trump backs pruitt amid ethics controversies MORE as the head of the department of veterans affairs (VA).Prizes loyalty

Jackson, who served president obama as well as trump, has no significant experience managing a large organization. The VA has an annual budget of around $180 billion and well over 300,000 employees.

Voters who backed trump elected him despite his own lack of washington experience, choosing to trust his business background and gut instincts. Trump seems to be taking the same approach with many of his appointments.

Earlier this month, he chose larry kudlow to replace gary cohn gary davivd cohn president tells embattled EPA chief to stay strong trump infrastructure policy adviser to leave white house overnight finance: stocks tank amid new chinese tariffs, US tech woes | mulvaney asks congress to weaken consumer bureau | kudlow joins white house MORE as chief economic adviser.Prizes loyalty

Kudlow’s main focus in recent years has been as a television commentator, though he does come from a business background as a former chief economist for bear stearns. That experience, however, dates back more than 20 years.

Ben carson benjamin (ben) solomon carson white house first learned about pruitt controversy from media: report the memo: trump prizes loyalty over experience in cabinet trump signs bill preventing taxpayer money from being used for portraits of federal employees MORE , a neurosurgeon and former rival to trump for the 2016 republican presidential nomination, has little evident experience in the areas within his purview as secretary of housing and urban development.White house his tenure has been marked by a number of controversies.

Education secretary betsy devos elizabeth (betsy) dee devos the memo: trump prizes loyalty over experience in cabinet congress rebuffs devos in spending bill: report devos battles lawmakers in contentious hearing MORE has been deeply involved in the promotion of charter schools over orthodox public schools for years, but has never before held public office. That inexperience has been exposed on occasion, most recently in an awkward CBS “60 minutes” interview.

“one thing that has always been valued in a white house — except for perhaps this one — is real qualifications and real experience,” said david cohen, a political science professor at the university of akron and the author of a book on presidential chiefs of staff.Memo trump “president trump doesn’t really seem to pay attention to those things."

Experience doesn’t always lead to success. Donald rumsfeld was seen as a successful chief of staff to president ford. His tenure at the pentagon during the iraq war was viewed very differently.

While critics complain of trump’s unorthodox, inexperienced picks, some of his most conventional choices have not exactly covered themselves in glory either.

Sean spicer sean michael spicer mastering the DC rental market — taking lessons from scott pruitt’s per night rental deal the hill’s 12:30 report trump’s zeal for administration firings denigrates public servants MORE , his first press secretary, was basically an emissary from the GOP establishment to the trump insurgents who had won the white house — but his tenure was characterized by memorable missteps.Prizes loyalty

Tom price thomas (tom) edmunds price oversight dems seek hearings on trump officials’ travel controversies trump backs pruitt amid ethics controversies EPA considered leasing a private jet for pruitt: report MORE , another popular pick with conservatives inside the beltway as secretary of health and human services, resigned after spending around $400,000 on chartered flights and other travel expenses.

Similarly, trump supporters would argue that media coverage of the tumult that has affected his administration fails to acknowledge those figures who have performed competently: U.S.Prizes loyalty ambassador to the united nations nikki haley nimrata (nikki) haley attacks by houthi rebels breach international law and risk war UN security council moves to enforce sanctions against north korea how to fix the UN’s anti-israel club of dictators MORE is often mentioned, as is secretary of defense james mattis james norman mattis overnight defense: trump says he will deploy military to border | pushes plan to pull troops out of syria | but top military officials say mission isn’t over | iran deadline nears pentagon official resigns after CNN unearths old conspiracy theory posts the iran deal will survive — for now MORE .Prizes loyalty

This week sees the departure of hope hicks hope charlotte hicks trump touts rasmussen poll results: ‘higher than cheatin’ obama’ trump’s zeal for administration firings denigrates public servants white house and shulkin at odds over whether he resigned MORE as his communications director. She has been by his side since the start of his outsider bid for the presidency, and had never previously worked on a political campaign.

A very different reaction was produced when omarosa manigault newman omarosa onee manigault newman the memo: trump prizes loyalty over experience in cabinet disney channel actress joins white house press team heritage foundation president says omarosa blocked her from working in trump administration MORE , a former contestant on the trump-fronted NBC series “the apprentice,” was ousted from her post late last year in the white house office of public liaison.Prizes loyalty

Much media coverage of trump’s personnel picks has focused on his fondness of people from the television world. But backers and critics of the president alike caution against painting with too broad a brush.

Some note, for example, that state department spokeswoman and acting under-secretary of state heather nauert is generally seen as having acquitted herself well — despite some harsh coverage when she was first appointed that sneered at her history as a fox news anchor.

They note that, whether or not one agrees with the hawkish foreign policy stance of trump’s pick to be his third national security adviser, bolton has a history of government service that dates back decades.Memo trump

Doug heye, a former communications director for the republican national committee and a frequent trump critic, said that “a lot of folks” had been critical of trump’s fondness for TV commentators.

“when it is omarosa, it is an absolutely valid point,” he said. “but having people in important positions able to well-articulate their positions? I think that’s a good thing.”

“larry kudlow has been a television commentator for what feels like decades,” the source said, “I think it is an open question whether he is qualified to handle his position — and we’ll soon find out.”

“if any president in our modern era truly needed people to speak truth to power, it’s this president, because he comes into the job with so little experience,” said cohen.Prizes loyalty “unfortunately, I don’t think he is really interested in learning.”