A 24-year-old former Trump campaign worker who rose rapidly to a senior post in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy will step down by the end of the month because of controversy surrounding his appointment, the White House said late Wednesday.
Taylor Weyeneth, who graduated from college in May 2016, was named a White House liaison to the drug office the following March and then promoted to deputy chief of staff in July, at age 23. His only professional experience after college and before becoming a political appointee was working on the Trump presidential campaign.
There’s a series of improbable events and outright fabrications that led Taylor to becoming a Very Important Person and now a very important object-lesson in what happens when you inflate your resume and fib/lie your way into a job that you are unqualified to hold. (Meghan McCain, we are looking at you. You too, Luke Russert. And at all of the Huntsman daughters, too/also.)
The announcement follows Washington Post stories that detailed Weyeneth’s rapid rise at [Office of National Drug Control Policy] — in large part because of staff turnover and vacancies — and inconsistencies and inaccuracies on three résumés he submitted to the government.
Early last year, Weyeneth revised dates relating to certain jobs he held, including one at a New York law firm. A partner at the firm told The Post that Weyeneth was “discharged” because he stopped showing up for work.
On all three résumés, Weyeneth maintained that he had a master’s degree from Fordham University, although a university spokesman said Weyeneth had not completed his coursework.
Jumpin’ Jeebus, that kid had to have known at some level he was in way too deep! And the thing is the ONDCP should be extremely important work and should not be a place to play Catch Me If You Can. I have a lot of sympathy for youthful hijynx but lives might have been in the balance with someone who probably was still doing keg stands on the weekends.
Now of course, one could draw a line from the unqualified and dissembling underling to the unqualified and LYING boss, but that would be ungenerous. We hope that Young Taylor has learned a lesson: water seeks its own level, even in the swamp.
Also/too: this story will be a scarlet letter he will bear for the rest of his professional life in the age of the Google. Lots’a luck, Taylor. You are going to need it.