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Forbes editor issues warning to companies intending to hire Trump officials: 'We'll assume everything you talk about is a lie

Published by Business Insider on Sun, 10 Jan 2021


<p><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/5ffb1a43bde805001980c108-1500/pjimage 3.jpg" border="0" alt="trump former press secretaries" data-mce-source="Getty Images" data-mce-caption="Pictured: Sean Spicer, Kayleigh McEnany, and Kellyanne Conway"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>In the wake of Wednesday's <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-attempted-coup-federal-law-enforcement-capitol-police-2021-1">attempted coup</a>, Forbesthe American business magazinehas issued a warning to companies hoping to hire former officials from President Donald Trump's administration.</p><p>Businesses that choose to hire Trump administration alumni will, the editor said, be held to account.</p><p>"Forbes<em>&nbsp;</em>will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie," the magazine's editor Randall Lane <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/randalllane/2021/01/07/a-truth-reckoning-why-were-holding-those-who-lied-for-trump-accountable/'sh=11686f9b5710">wrote</a>.&nbsp; "We're going to scrutinize, double-check, investigate with the same skepticism we'd approach a Trump tweet," Lane added.</p><p>In the article titled 'A Truth Reckoning: Why We're Holding Those Who Lied For Trump Accountable,' Lane reflected on the <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-peppered-supporters-with-lies-in-speech-on-overturning-election-2021-1">lies that spurred rioters</a> to ransack the US Capitol building.</p><p>The easiest way for American democracy to recover from the insurrection, he wrote, is to "create repercussions for those who don't follow the civic norms."</p><p>In the Forbes article, Lane name-called Trump's press secretaries and a former senior counselor to the presidentSean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Stephanie Grisham, Kayleigh McEnany, and Kellyanne Conwayand referred to the group as "Trump's fellow fabulists."</p><p>This ultimatum follows the news that some White House staff are worried about securing their next job, according to <a href="https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/07/trump-staffers-next-job-456315">Politico</a>.</p><p>Administration officials told the media outlet that they fear Wednesday's events will damage their reputations, finances, and future careers.</p><p>Lower-level Trump staffers are also "trying to save face for future employment," a source told Politico.</p><p>In recent days, several <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/white-house-officials-resign-after-violent-siege-on-capitol-2021-1">high-profile Trump officials have resigned</a> to distance themselves from the president.</p><p>On Thursday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned as did Transportation Secretary <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/transportation-secretary-elaine-chao-is-resigning-after-capitol-riots-2021-1">Elaine Chao</a>&nbsp;and former White House chief of staff <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/mick-mulvaney-resigns-from-trump-admin-after-us-capitol-attack-2021-1">Mick Mulvaney</a>.</p><p>On Wednesday, Melania Trump's chief of staff, <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/stephanie-grisham-resigns-melania-trump-chief-of-staff-trump-communications-2021-1">Stephanie Grisham</a>, Deputy Press Secretary <a href="https://l.facebook.com/l.php'u=https%3A%2F%2Ftrib.al%2FWBC7gRa%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR1b1CdGEdnndFvFVC0BbLHiO9fR8au-QHnvDwQpzH2USfdQRRDdysTMLTk&amp;h=AT1UfnIuPH_2jk3HrjPgm-VdTxvDFBnpfbYHbO2AJxG3GeJfO2YYoLmChmyiXttS6z4D4iqye88oxbv-thak53_E3Ad9qH0CM3dBDjwV1TYUk8dNEdhdVmfBO7CQNxURhe5AYzo&amp;__tn__=H-R&amp;c[0]=AT2Qq-wHzE4raUa7YOnEqxHis9pOhh9yQUSro6ptWDk0MaohgDLTTXtXuTaGIIpsbliL2cNUk_Vp_56YJ1QcHmRr8thGBFbbNo2Ft_aUa3ej-5B84R2JjHSSk3A4LAJWkfvi6d3UpW3UF00aUrg2bKHBK9eE7VLS7uqz0YmAqhxAHfBnhDq6lTe3-ZsbhCNs4nx3eHwip-SSK78HP32XS3TGQA">Sarah Matthews</a>, and Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger all resigned.</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/dont-hire-former-trump-officials-forbes-editor-warns-businesses-2021-1#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/melissa-maker-clean-your-home-quickly-cleaning-expert-2017-4">A cleaning expert reveals her 3-step method for cleaning your entire home quickly</a></p>
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