Just over a year after graduating from college, 23-year-old Taylor Weyeneth was deputy chief of staff at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Wednesday, the White House announced that he would be stepping down after reports revealed he had lied about aspects of his employment history and education.
Who is he?
A May 2016 graduate of St. John’s University, Weyeneth worked on the Trump campaign, and that was his only post-graduate professional experience.
He was named White House liaison to the ONDCP in March of 2017 and promoted to deputy chief of staff in July.
What did he lie about?
The Washington Post reported inconsistencies among three résumés he submitted to the government, including a revision on the dates he worked at a New York law firm. The firm said Weyeneth was discharged after he stopped showing up.
Weyeneth’s résumés say he earned a master’s degree from Fordham University, but the university said he did not complete the coursework for that degree.
What was he responsible for?
The ONDCP coordinates the federal government’s anti-drug initiatives, including supporting the Trump administration’s efforts to fight the opioid epidemic.
The office did not have an active chief of staff at the time of Weyeneth’s promotion, so he split the chief of staff duties with office director Richard Baum.