Trump blames poor hiring decisions on not knowing Washington like he does now

By Jen Krausz on
 June 21, 2023

When former President Donald Trump was asked during a Fox News interview about why he later attacked some of the people he hired while he was president, he said it was because he "didn't know" Washington like he does now.

“When I came down to Washington, I was in Washington 17 times in my life in D.C., and I never stayed overnight. I was never there. I didn’t know the people. I didn’t know that world, other than I was involved in politics from the other side very much," he said.

"We put people in that were great and we put people in that weren’t. I now know Washington probably better than anybody. I know the good ones and the bad ones,” he added.

Host Brett Baier then went through a long list of former Trump officials who he now criticizes, and some of which are running against him, including former Vice President Mike Pence, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former National Security Adviser John Bolton, former Attorney General Bill Barr, former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, former Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, and former Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.

Baier asked why Trump hired all these people.

“Because I hired 10:1 that were fantastic,” Trump answered. He also said the ratio of hires who still support him to critics is 20:1.