Washington (CNN)Candidates applying to join President Donald Trump’s administration will now have to explain what part of Trump’s campaign message “most appealed” to them and why.
The question is one of several Trump-focused litmus tests that has been added to a questionnaire that candidates for political appointments across the federal government must now complete.
The new questionnaire, distributed by the White House’s Presidential Personnel Office to federal departments on Monday and obtained by CNN, is the latest move by the office’s new head John McEntee to emphasize loyalty to the President in the hiring process.
Trump tapped McEntee, a longtime aide and loyalist, to head the personnel office last month amid his renewed focus on purging officials whom he deems to have been disloyal to him and hiring those who have long supported him.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said of the new questionnaires: “Every President has the right to appoint people who are in line with their agenda and policies.”
The questionnaire will only be used in the process of filling political appointments in the Trump administration, not for those seeking career positions. CNN obtained copies of the new and old questionnaire and two sources confirmed it was distributed on Monday to agency White House liaisons, who help oversee political appointments in each federal department.
Like the old questionnaire, the new form asks candidates whether they have ever appeared in the media. But now, applicants are asked specifically whether they have “ever appeared in the media to comment on ‘Candidate Trump, President Trump or other personnel or policies of the Trump administration.’ “
The new questionnaire also asks applicants to describe their “political evolution” and to list “thinkers, authors, books, or political leaders” who have “influenced you and led you to your current beliefs.”
“What political commentator, thinker or politician best reflects your views?” the questionnaire asks.
While it is not unusual for presidential administrat