Linda McMahon: 'We're not even staffed up to where we need to be'
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Small Business Administrator Linda McMahonLinda Marie McMahonApril's dumbest and most dangerous coronavirus declarations Trump convenes sports commissioners in hopes of filling stadiums Senate confirms Trump pick for small business chief MORE voiced frustration with the White House's slow pace in filling staff positions across several agencies, saying that in her office it has created "many more people working very long hours."

"We are understaffed at the moment," she said on Politico's "Off Message" podcast. "We're not even staffed up to where we need to be, or where we were."

"I think a lot of the staffing that I’m talking about does have to have White House approval," she said. "There’s been some bottleneck, you know. They’re trying to fill a lot of roles at one time. And it’s a lot of people to process."


Across the Trump administration, departments and agencies are waiting on President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE to hire or appoint key officials and staffers, even those who do not require Senate confirmation. 

McMahon told Politico that the slow pace hasn't slowed down her office's work, but has spurred employees to take on longer work hours. With budget cuts to her agency imminent, she said, the Small Business Administration has had to do "more with less."

"I don't know that it slows it down, so much as it requires that there are many more people working very long hours," she said. "We will operate much better more fully staffed. We won't operate to the staff levels that the prior administration did, simply because we do have some budget cuts. But we are doing more with less."