Chuck Todd on administration vacancies: 'Is this any way to run a government?'
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NBC anchor Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddTrailing Democrats tout strength with black voters ahead of South Carolina Clyburn says Democrats spent 'too much time on Bloomberg' in Nevada debate The Democratic nominee won't be democratically chosen MORE on Friday scrutinized the Trump administration over its increasing number of top department vacancies, saying it has resulted in a “carousel of chaos.”

“You may ask yourself: Is this any way to run the government, and what happens if there’s a crisis?” Todd asked during NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“Funny you should ask, because there is a humanitarian crisis at the border, and the administration’s leadership team in charge of handling it has been decimated in a carousel of chaos.”


Todd’s comments come after Labor Secretary Alexander AcostaAlex Alexander AcostaFlorida sheriff ends work release program criticized over Jeffery Epstein The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by National Association of Manufacturers — Whistleblower complaint roils Washington On The Money: Senate confirms Scalia as Labor chief | Bill with B in wall funding advanced over Democrats' objections | Lawyers reach deal to delay enforcement of NY tax return subpoena MORE announced Friday he would be stepping down from President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Congress eyes billion to billion to combat coronavirus Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary MORE’s Cabinet in the wake of swirling controversy over his role in securing a 2008 plea deal for billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein.

“Folks, if you can believe it, when Acosta leaves next week, there will be at least 20 top positions in this administration that are being led by an ‘acting’ chief or no one at all,” Todd noted.

Also on Friday, reports emerged that Trump is again considering the possible removal of Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsCongress eyes killing controversial surveillance program Grenell asks top intel official to remain in role amid lawmaker concerns John Ratcliffe back under consideration by Trump for top intel job MORE.

“We got an acting Labor secretary, an acting Defense secretary –– actually, we’ve had two acting Defense secretaries since the [James] Mattis resignation,” Todd continued as the network showed a scrolling list of departed administration officials. “I can’t even say the names fast enough.”

As the Trump administration comes under increased scrutiny for its hard-line immigration policies and the conditions of migrant detention facilities — which are reported to be unsanitary and lacking resources — Todd noted that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenHillicon Valley: Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates | Barr vows to make surveillance reforms after watchdog report | DHS cyber chief focused on 2020 Sen. Kennedy slams acting DHS secretary for lack of coronavirus answers The 'accidental director' on the front line of the fight for election security MORE left her Cabinet post earlier this year.

Her replacement was Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of U.S. Customs of Border Protection, leaving acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief Mark Morgan to become McAleenan’s replacement.

Todd knocked the string of replacements, saying: “You may wonder: Is that a way to run the border amidst a migrant crisis?”

Eight Cabinet secretaries, as well as several other officials, have departed the administration since Trump took office.