Mr. President, you have to fish or cut bait. That is the country’s problem – we have Obama’s people in positions who are working against your policies and creating all of this fake news. It is time to empty the positions that you don’t plan to fill and leave them vacant if the position is not necessary.
Unfortunately, despite the rhetoric, President Donald Trump has been unable or unwilling to drain the Deep State bureaucracy swamp. Indeed, beyond the bureaucracy, many of Obama’s political appointees remain in their posts. At the State Department, for example, out of six undersecretary of state positions, only one has been filled so far. That single post was actually filled by an Obama-era official, Thomas Shannon, who has been working to have Deep State operatives put into key posts that will advance Obama’s agenda while ensuring that the “dirty laundry” never gets aired. Of the 23 assistant secretary of state positions, just three are filled so far, and two of those have been filled by officials from the Obama administration. A State Department official quoted in media reports said the agency had a “deep bench” of career bureaucrats working to “advance U.S. interests.” Even neocons, though, have warned that the State Department is still pursuing Obama’s policies despite the election.
When asked about the huge number of appointments that have not been made, Trump suggested he might not make ever make them. “We are not looking to fill all of those positions,” Trump explained on Twitter. “Don’t need many of them — reduce size of government.”
If you are not going to fill the position – cut the bait. They are just making trouble.