Marc Short, the former White House Director of Legislative Affairs under President Donald Trump, went on CNN Monday to do damage control over Trump’s decision to hire Omarosa Manigault-Newman as an aide during his first year in the White House.
CNN host John Berman said during his interview of Short that Trump had repeatedly promised to only hire “the best people” in his White House. Berman then asked Short if Omarosa — who revealed over the weekend that she made multiple secret recordings of Trump and other White House officials — really was one of the “best people” available to do the job.
Short quickly tried to shift the blame to former President Bill Clinton.
“I think she served previously in the Clinton White House, she had some experience,” Short said. “She did work with outreach, she worked with historically black colleges and universities.”
Although Omarosa was hired in an entry-level position to work in former Vice President Al Gore’s office, she was quickly shuffled out the door due to the poor quality of her work.
“She was the worst hire we ever made,” Mary Margaret Overbey, Gore’s former office administrator, told the New York Times last year.
Omarosa was then transferred to a position at the Commerce Department, where one supervisor described her as “was unqualified and disruptive” in an interview with the Times.
Watch the full interview with Short below.