CNN's Shaub: The Trump Administration Has 'Declared War on Expertise'

NewsBusters | 3/13/2018 | Staff
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During an appearance on CNN's New Day Tuesday morning, Former Director for the Office of Government Ethics and Trump critic Walter Shaub suggested that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos lacks the proper expertise required to run the Department of Education, arguing that her expertise "seems to be in being a rich person who didn't attend public schools that she's overseeing." Shaub also said that the appointment of DeVos, as well as other outsiders to cabinet positions, proves that the Trump Administration has "declared war on expertise and denigrated experts."

Guest co-host Erica Hill initially asked Shaub if the White House could have helped Secretary DeVos prepare better for an appearance on 60 Minutes on Sunday, which received negative reviews. Shaub responded by describing her appearance on the CBS program as “a startingly bad interview”, adding “if you had seen her confirmation hearing, that didn’t go a whole lot better.”

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While Shaub stressed his disapproval of DeVos, he implied that many additional members of the Trump administration also lacked the necessary qualifications to serve in their posts: “This administration seems to have, in many ways, declared war on expertise and denigrated experts, including career civil servants, calling them ‘The Deep State’ because...they don’t trust them and yet, what it really reflects, I think, is a suspicion of people who are expert and Betsy DeVos’s primary expertise seems to be in being a rich person who didn’t attend public schools that she’s overseeing and didn’t send her kids to public schools.” Shaub added that the only reason the President hired her is because she donated to his campaign.

In addition to the Education Department head's performance on 60 Minutes, Shaub was equally critical of DeVos for her “pre-conceived idea” of school choice: “So it really is disturbing because it’s...just sort of an entire trend of not...
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