President Trump’s advisers are pushing him to completely rid his administration/the federal government of any Obama-related appointees. More and more, Trump’s people are convinced the Obama-loyalist remnants are leaking intelligence information.
Recall Attorney General Jeff Sessions having to recuse himself upon his two mid-presidential-campaign meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak being leaked to the media. This was just one of many leaks damaging to President Trump’s administration.
Thus far, since Trump had his heart set on the presidency (go back to 2016), there’ve been about 40 leaks entailing confidential information spanning the federal government—double plus for 2015’s criminal leaks. Much speculation has been thrown around in terms of the Obama administration strategizing and executing these leaks. (Is the Obama gang out to get Trump’s team?)
Well, Obama officials left some seemingly conservative breadcrumbs leading to Russian foul play in the 2016 election and communicative morsels connecting Moscow to the Trump campaign. Trump’s people are growing irritated and insistent he fights back—and he will. (It’s like the Red Scare all over again, and that’s way worse than the ’80s-clothing resurgence. Who’s puppet stringing these trend cycles??)
“His playbook should be to get rid of the Obama appointees immediately,” former-US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said in an interview. “There are an amazing number of decisions that are being made by appointees [who] are totally opposed to Trump and everything he stands for.” (Man, everybody’s coming out of the woodwork on this one.)
While Trump’s team has been going at it with recruiting new appointees, the federal government has hundreds of positions to fill for Trump to be safely padded. (If you’re qualified and love President Trump, start applying ASAP!)
To be exact, 550 Senate-confirmed seats remain open—Trump’s team has chosen only 36 thus far. The nominees are being delayed in their confirmation process. According to Gingrich, this is due to Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stalling efforts—he wants Obama’s people to stay in power.
“This is about keeping working control of the government for Obama,” Gingrich added. “It’s actually very shrewd on Schumer’s part.”
Republicans are hoping this, too, shall pass. During his presidential campaign, Trump vowed to “drain the swamp.” However, Trump’s words and behavior may have ignited some rebellion within federal non-political employees. (Hopefully, he’s making an effort to show gratitude for administrative assistants, janitors, clerks, etc. It’s the little people who often keep the shit afloat.)
And he better; as during Trump’s 2016 campaign, 27 percent of those non-political folks threatened to quit if he won. Then again, he did win the presidency—seemingly nobody has walked… Either way, he’ll hopefully get those people singing a different tune.