Can Trump Refuse to Fill Key Jobs?

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Media Outlet: The Hill

Joshua Geltzer co-wrote for the Hill on whether President Trump can refuse to fill key executive-branch positions:

What the president will ultimately decide to do with the current unfilled executive branch offices is still unclear, and an exhaustive review of all of the offices without nominees is beyond the scope of this short piece. We’re therefore not alleging that any particular vacancy poses a legal problem. But, as laid out above, the president’s stated desire to leave certain executive branch jobs unfilled “because they’re unnecessary” raises significant legal questions.


Joshua Geltzer is an ASU Future of War Fellow at New America. He is writing a book exploring challenges associated with modern communications technologies such as social media platforms, file-upload sites, and internet search engines.