President Trump does not seem to be interested in finding a science advisor and director for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
The important position has been open for almost 400 days which has never been vacant that long. Despite repeated calls from lawmakers and top scientists to nominate a science adviser and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Trump has yet to appoint one.
This is longest that the science office ― which is currently operating with a “skeleton staff” ― has gone without a director since at least 1976, when Congress codified the role. A former presidential science adviser called the lag “mind-boggling.”
A Feb. 6 Science magazine article reported the White House interviewed candidates last year. It wasn’t clear why no one was hired.
“Trump has demonstrated a disdain for science that some say may be complicating his search. In a scorching New York Times op-ed published in January, physicists Neal Lane, a science adviser to President Bill Clinton, and Michael Riordan said ‘it will be difficult at this point, if not impossible, to find an accomplished, reputable scientist who would agree to work’ with Trump.”