Trump doubles record for longest time without science adviser
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President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE this week broke the record for going the longest time without a science adviser among modern presidents. 

According to The Washington Post, Trump this week reached double the length of time any modern president has gone without selecting a science adviser.


Former President George W. Bush previously held the record, serving as president for nine months and four days without selecting someone for the role. 

Former Presidents Obama, Kennedy, Nixon and Clinton selected their science adviser picks prior to assuming office. 

A Post analysis found that every president since Eisenhower filled the role by the first October of their administration, excluding Trump.

“There are many things about the Trump presidency that are historic, and the disregard for science will be seen as high on the list,” said Kumar Garg, a member of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) under Obama.

OSTP was first established by Congress in 1976 to provide the president with advice on the scientific, engineering and technological aspects of “the economy, national security, homeland security, health, foreign relations, the environment, and the technological recovery and use of resources, among other topics,” according to the office’s website.

“If you had asked somebody at the start of the administration if we would be approaching this sort of marker, they would have been shocked,” Garg continued. “The science community should want the position filled and should want the position filled with someone who is qualified and capable.”

The Post's analysis comes a day after Sen. Christopher CoonsChris Andrew CoonsFive takeaways from Biden's first budget proposal The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Biden-GOP infrastructure talks off to rocky start MORE (D-Del.) urged Trump to fill the role. 

“Currently, nine out of ten key OSTP staff positions remain vacant,” Coons said Monday in a letter to the president. 

“I remain quite concerned that, when it comes to science, America is falling behind its major competitors. China, for example, is ramping up its science and technology innovation efforts significantly,” Coons continued. 

Coons added that to ensure the U.S. is able to compete with China science and technology innovation, Trump should “strongly prioritize science and technology innovation and invest in OSTP by filling vacancies in key positions, ensuring that your administration has access to science and technology advice.”