It turns out that if you’re part of Trump’s Presidential Personnel Office, you’re living the party-life as many in the president’s administration have reported. The Washington Post reports that staffers are often seen lounging in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building vaping in common areas and even playing drinking games.

Even as the demands to fill government mounted, the PPO offices on the first floor of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building became something of a social hub, where young staffers from throughout the administration stopped by to hang out on couches and smoke electronic cigarettes, known as vaping, current and former White House officials said.


PPO leaders hosted happy hours last year in their offices that included beer, wine and snacks for dozens of PPO employees and White House liaisons who work in federal agencies, White House officials confirmed. In January, they played a drinking game in the office called “Icing” to celebrate the deputy director’s 30th birthday. Icing involves hiding a bottle of Smirnoff Ice, a flavored malt liquor, and demanding that the person who discovers it, in this case the deputy director, guzzle it.

Apparently, the office is full of former Trump campaigners, relatives of top officials, and even friends of friends. The anything goes atmosphere is painting a grim picture of Washington’s future and has many wondering if the White House is doing enough in their recruiting and vetting of political appointees.

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