Trump's 24-year-old drug appointee has inaccuracies in his resume

Taylor Weyeneth, who Trump appointed to the White House drug policy office, had a resume filled with misinformation

By Matthew Rozsa
Published January 22, 2018 8:59AM (EST)
Official portrait of President Donald Trump (White House)
Official portrait of President Donald Trump (White House)

President Donald Trump appointed a 24-year-old to a position in the White House drug policy office based on a resume that contained multiple misleading statements, and now, he's under fire.

Taylor Weyeneth may have misrepresented his professional and volunteering background in the resume that helped him land a top job for Trump, according to The Washington Post. He claimed that he had worked as a legal assistant at the law firm O’Dwyer & Bernstien until April 2016, even though he had been discharged in August 2015 for repeatedly failing to show up for work.

Weyeneth, who currently serves as deputy chief of staff at the White House drug policy office, also had to repeatedly revise how his resume represented his work as a volunteer at a monastery in Queens. He initially claimed he had volunteered there for 275 hours, then 150 hours and finally omitted all references to that monastery. He also claimed that he had served for three years as vice president of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, even though a fraternity spokesman said he had only been in that position for a year and a half.

Weyeneth has yet to revise his resume to reflect that he has not yet completed his master’s degree coursework at Fordham University. The resumes all claim that he has his master's degree from there.

The Trump White House has repeatedly struggled with a series of appointments that have seemed to go to absurdly underqualified or downright unqualified candidates. The most conspicuous example of this has been in the realm of judicial appointments, with nominees like Matthew Petersen, Jeff Mateer and Brett Talley, according to The New York Times.

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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