Trump advised: Don’t hire people smarter than you
On the campaign trail, Trump has repeatedly said that, as president, he would employ “the best people” to negotiate trade deals and advise him, using the argument to quell concerns that he lacks expertise on subjects like national security.
“But I would get the best people, people that I’d be comfortable with,” he said in a March 3 debate of hiring national security advisers. “And we will do the right thing.”
In October 2007, however, Trump told CNBC host Erin Burnett that he believes in having “great people” around him but feels it is important that those people be less intelligent than he is.
“You have to keep great people around you,” Trump said. “You have to motivate them. You always have to be on top of them. And you have to be smarter than they are. I hear so many times, ‘Oh, I want my people to be smarter than I am.’ It’s a lot of crap. You want to be smarter than your people, if possible.”