Donald Trump: If He Wins, Will He Purge Barack Obama’s Appointees?–32gh.,b60
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would seek to purge the federal government of officials appointed by Democratic President Barack Obama and could ask Congress to pass legislation making it easier to fire public workers., drawing up a list of federal government employees to fire if Trump defeats Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 presidential election.
Trump’s transition advisers fear that Obama may convert these appointees to civil servants, who have more job security than officials who have been politically appointed. This would allow officials to keep their jobs in a new, possibly Republican, administration.
“It’s called burrowing,”. “You take them from the political appointee side into the civil service side, in order to try to set up … roadblocks for your successor, kind of like when all the Clinton people took all the Ws off the keyboard when George Bush was coming into the White House.”
“One of the things I have suggested to Donald is that we have to immediately ask the Republican Congress to change the civil service laws. Because if they do, it will make it a lot easier to fire those people,” Christie said.
He said firing civil servants was “cumbersome” and “time-consuming.”
There was no immediate comment from the American Federation of Government Employees, which is the largest federal employee union in the United States.
changing the leadership of the Environmental Protection Agency, long a target of Republicans concerned about over regulation, would be a top priority for Trump should he win in November.
Trump has previously vowed to eliminate the EPA and roll back some of America’s most ambitious environmental policies, actions that he says would revive the U.S. oil and coal industries and bolster national security.
Trump team wants to let businesspeople serve in government part time without having to give up their jobs in the private sector. Trump frequently says he is better equipped to be president because of his business experience.
Trump kicking out the ‘czars’?
As the Trump transition team plans to overhaul the government, they’re considering axing White House policy “czar” positions.
President Obama came under heavy criticism early in his term for appointing a number of top policy advisers in the White House, including an energy czar post filled first by Carol Browner, a green jobs czar post filled by Van Jones and a car czar focused on the auto bailout. Top Obama officials wanted to coordinate those policies out of the White House, but many outsiders expressed concerns about transparency and accountability, given that those officials weren’t confirmed by the Senate, as required for Cabinet secretaries.
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But the Trump team might opt to do away with those jobs entirely.
“They’re going to look at the structure in general,” said an adviser to the transition. “They’re questioning all this stuff and whether it works for President-elect Trump.”
Generally, “there’s been a lot of criticism just from a governance perspective on the whole czar piece,” that person said. There are questions about “whether or not it causes more confusion than organization” and “whether or not it sort of undermines the authority of existing congressionally mandated agencies or authorities.”
These discussions are playing out as the Trump transition team is considering broad reforms throughout government.
For example, Trump has suggested making major revamps at U.S. EPA. He suggested abolishing it entirely on the campaign trail, although he’s not expected to go that far. Still, his team could make sweeping organizational changes. The Republican Party’s platform this year called for turning the agency into a bipartisan commission and handing much of its regulatory power back to state agencies (Greenwire, July 19).
source-newsweek, reuters, chris christie, robin bravender, e&e news,