The Trump administration appointed Mina Chang to a top position within the State Department. However, it would seem that her qualifications have been inflated including a fake Time cover.
Before being given her role as the deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations, Chang was the CEO of the nonprofit, Linking the World.
According to a recent NBC News investigation, Chang misrepresented her level of education, inflated her professional achievements, and lied about high-profile speaking engagements.
In some sense, she is a perfect fit for an Administration whose President is a serial liar who “has inflated his net worth to lenders and investors” for years, as the Washington Post reported earlier this year.
Chang’s list of embellishments includes claiming:
- She was featured on a Time magazine cover
- She had speaking engagements at the Democratic and Republican national conventions in 2016
- A role on a U.N. panel
- She testified before Congress
- She is an alumna of the Harvard Business School
- Graduation from a program at the Army War College
- Her non-profit had a global impact
BREAKING/EXCLUSIVE: Trump State Dept official embellished resume and credentials & presented fake TIME magazine cover to interviewer with her face on it. My latest w/ @dandeluce @arijitsen @NBCNews @NBCInvestigates pic.twitter.com/bmV77WrFbR
— Laura Strickler (@strickdc) November 12, 2019
According to a Time magazine spokesperson, Chang’s cover is “not authentic.” During the times that she claimed to be speaking at the DNC and RNC, she was actually speaking at other events. There is no record of her being on a U.N panel or testifying before Congress.
Her “alumna” status at Harvard Business School refers to a seven-week executive education program, not a degree. Her graduation from Army War College was a four-day seminar. As for her non-profit, there is no evidence that it ever operated overseas, and its former chief of staff stated that it does not run large-scale programs.
Trump’s Vetting Process
Previously, appointees were carefully vetted. The White House staff would verify education, work history, and look for criminal records or other court cases. In the Trump era, things aren’t run quite as tightly.
Trump likes to let the media help in the vetting process:
“If you take a look at it, the vetting process for the White House is very good. But you’re part of the vetting process, you know? I give out a name to the press, and they vet for me. We save a lot of money that way.”
According to a former director of personnel at the State Department, a potential appointee should complete an extensive questionnaire. In addition, the department examines things like a candidate’s social media accounts, tax returns, and workplace track records.
Apparently, verifying Time magazine covers isn’t on the list.