Former Surgeon General Jerome Adams said he struggled to find work after serving as America’s top doctor for four years under former President Donald Trump.
“People still are afraid to touch anything that is associated with Trump,” Adams told the Washington Post in an interview published on Friday.
Adams and his wife, Lacey, recounted receiving polite rejections from university officials who they believed were concerned about how having a former Trump administration official on campus would be received by left-leaning students.
Adams, 48, called the 76-year-old former commander in chief “a force that really does take the air out of the room.”
“The Trump hangover is still impacting me in significant ways.” he added.
Adams also expressed disappointment with Trump’s announcement of his presidential candidacy in 2024, claiming that the former president’s third bid for the White House “will make things more difficult for me.”
Lacey admits in the interview that she “hated Trump” and did not want her husband to work in the administration.
Lacey also expressed concern about the “stigma” her husband’s new job would bring.
“Finding a landing spot was a lot harder than he thought because of the Trump Effect,” Lacey said in the interview.