Everything You Need to Know About Trump’s 24-Year-Old Inexperienced Drug Official

Taylor Weyeneth has been in the news as of late thanks to a few blatant errors that were found on his resume. Surprisingly, he was hired not because the White House missed the errors during the standard background check, but because the errors were overlooked. Read on to learn about the inexperienced 24-year-old’s time at the White House

1. Who is Taylor Weyeneth?

Taylor Weyeneth and trump

He quickly rose up the ranks at the White House. | Taylor Weyeneth via Linkedin

Weyeneth is a 24-year-old recent undergraduate of  St. Johns University in Long Island who quickly rose to a top position in the White House under the Office of National Drug Control Policy. If you reference his resume, you’ll find that he completed his Master’s degree from Fordham University, but if you call the University, they’ll tell you he never completed his coursework.

Next: He got hired to work at a law firm and never showed up. 

2. The law firm incident

Citizens for ethics tweet Taylor Weyeneth

He just didn’t show up to work. | Citizens for Ethics via Twitter

Weyeneth wrote that he had worked as a legal assistant at the New York firm O’Dwyer & Bernstien eight months longer than he actually had. Apparently, the law firm would have liked for him to have worked there longer, but he “just didn’t show.” 

“We were very disappointed in what happened,” O’Dwyer told The Washington Post. He went on to say that Weyeneth had been hired partially because both men were in the same fraternity, and that the firm, unfortunately, invested time and training into Weyeneth’s regrettably very short-lived time there.

Next: He lied about the reason he got hired.  

3. But that wasn’t the only discrepancy

Fordham University Library

He never actually finished his Master’s at Fordham. | Indefatigable2/Wikimedia Commons

So to review, Weyeneth lied about receiving his Master’s degree from Fordham University, and he lied about his time at O’Dwyer & Bernstien. He additionally lied about his time serving as the president of his fraternity (a big reason he got hired to work at O’Dwyer & Bernstien in the first place). But it’s his lie about working for his stepfather’s company as a high school student that should have been the biggest red flag. 

Next: He worked for his stepfather’s illegal company.  

4. Nature’s Chemistry

Donald Trump denies the allegations, of course.

The company was involved in illegal steroids. | Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

According to The Post, Weyeneth included on his resume the time he spent acting as “Director of Production” at his stepfather’s company, Nature’s Chemistry, during high school and college. Last year, Weyeneth’s stepfather pleaded guilty to a felony conspiracy charge that the company secretly processed illegal steroids. Weyeneth’s mother told The Post that he was unaware of the conspiracy, even while acting as the Director of Production.

Next: His work on Trump’s campaign could be why he got hired to work at the White House.  

5. He worked on Trump’s campaign

Republican nominee Donald Trump at a campaign rally on September 30, 2016 in Novi, Michigan.

He was a part of Trump’s campaign. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

After Weyeneth graduated in 2016, he worked as a paid member of Trump’s presidential campaign (his only professional experience after college). During the transition, he volunteered by arranging housing for senior administration officials. During this time, he worked closes with Rick Dearborn, the current White House deputy chief of staff.

Next: His huge lack of experience 

6. He has no experience

anti-drug rally

Maybe not the best choice in the midst of an opioid crisis? | John Moore/Getty Images

He got hired to work at a law firm, though he didn’t do much work there, and he worked on Trump’s campaign, but he’s never worked in drug policy before. “Taylor Weyeneth has no experience with drug policy, government service, or law, unlike his predecessors in previous administrations,” says Business Insider. “The office’s lack of experienced senior staffers raises questions about the administration’s effort to combat the nation’s opioid crisis.”

Next: Thankfully, he didn’t last long.  

7. He’s stepping down

The announcement came after the story in the Post. | Washington Post via Twitter

In light of the controversy surrounding Weyeneth’s hiring, he will be stepping down as of February 2018. 

“Weyeneth stayed on through the brief government shutdown that began over the weekend and was one of three ONDCP employees designated as essential,” reported The Post. “The White House’s announcement Wednesday came after questions from The Post about that designation.”

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