Trump blames administration vacancies on 'obstructionists'

President Trump said the reason the government's executive branch is understaffed is because of "obstructionists."

“I am waiting right now for so many people. Hundreds and hundreds of people. And then they’ll say, 'Why isn't Trump doing this faster?'" the president said during an interview with Fox Business that aired Wednesday.

"You can't do it faster because they're obstructing. They're obstructionists," he told host Maria Bartiromo.

Trump again reiterated that he has "hundreds of people that we're trying to get through."


“I mean, you see the backlog. Can't get them through," he said.

"And then the newspapers will say, 'Trump doesn't get them through.' Well, it's nothing to do with me. Statutorily, you have to go through this process."

The president referred to the congressional confirmation process as a "lousy process."

"It's taken a long time to get my Cabinet done, and as you know, it's not even done now," he said. "This is record stuff. We’re talking about records in terms of time, and it's very sad.”

The White House has put forth as of April 7 only 24 nominations in the quest to fill the 533 positions that need Senate approval, Politico reported, and 22 of those nominations have been confirmed.