With President Trump taking over as of last Friday, we have seen him take this past week as serious as a President should. Instead of immediate vacationing and golfing like President Obama, Trump has taken to the beginning of the fulfillment of all his campaign promises.
He has signed multiple executive orders this week, from health care to immigration to sanctity of life. Each one revives America a little bit more to its original founding.
Trump has also taken to reducing the cost of federal employees on the American taxpayer, and is looking to cut as many federal jobs as possible. Clearly Trump has begun reviewing the legitimacy of each government job, as the State Department is his first target.
From Zero Hedge:
Update: according to a CNN report – so as always take with lots of salt – the story has shifted materially, because according to two senior administration officials, it wasn’t a resignation by the State Department officials, but more of a termination: “the Trump administration told four top State Department management officials that their services were no longer needed as part of an effort to “clean house” at Foggy Bottom.”
Patrick Kennedy, who served for nine years as the undersecretary for management, Assistant Secretaries for Administration and Consular Affairs Michele Bond and Joyce Anne Barr, and Ambassador Gentry Smith, director of the Office for Foreign Missions, were sent letters by the White House that their service was no longer required, the sources told CNN.
All four, career officers serving in positions appointed by the President, submitted letters of resignation per tradition at the beginning of a new administration. The letters from the White House said that their resignations were accepted and they were thanked for their service.
The White House usually asks career officials in such positions to stay on for a few months until their successors are confirmed.
“Any implication that that these four people quit is wrong,” one senior State Department official said. “These people are loyal to the secretary, the President and to the State Department. There is just not any attempt here to dis the President. People are not quitting and running away in disgust. This is the White House cleaning house.”
Mark Toner, the State Department’s acting spokesman, said in a statement that “These positions are political appointments, and require the President to nominate and the Senate to confirm them in these roles. They are not career appointments but of limited term.”
A second official echoed that the move appeared to be an effort by the new administration to “clean house” among the State Department’s top leadership. “The department will not collapse,” the second official said. “Everyone has good deputies. It’s a huge institutional loss, but the department has excellent subordinates and the career people will step up. They will take up the responsibility.”
Although this story is more of a wait and see kind of story, what this shows is that President Trump means exactly what he says. He IS going to drain the swamp – both politicians and federal employees who have overstayed their welcome!
Source: Zero Hedge