Trump promised the 'best' staffers. But where are they?

But his claim is being undercut by revelations that 30 to 40 people in the White House have yet to secure permanent security clearances a year into the administration and could potentially be unsuited to such high-level jobs.

The extent of the backlog emerged in a CNN report Friday that coincided with uproar over the departure of White House aide Rob Porter, who was confined to an interim clearance, after two ex-wives told the FBI he abused them.

The new focus on security clearances also compounded previous worries that the inexperience of the Trump team, extensive business entanglements and its unconventional approach to politics meant that it was a poor fit for the responsibilities of the highest offices.

Personnel questions also flared after months of incessant feuding between top…

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