Must Remove Rogue Bureaucrats, Root Out Deep State

Former President Donald Trump spoke once again about overhauling the administrative state on Saturday, telling a crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas that the next Congress and the president must “remove rogue bureaucrats and root out the deep state.”

Trump told CPAC Audience:

As we secure the border, another key priority for the next Congress and the next president will be to drain the swamp once and for all to remove rogue bureaucrats and root out the deep state. Congress should pass groundbreaking reform that gives the president the authority to ensure that any federal employee who is corrupt, incompetent or unnecessary to the job can be told, “You’re fired.” Have you ever heard that? You are fired.

Trump’s comments come after recent reports claimed Trump would use his Schedule F order to fire nearly 50,000 government bureaucrats if he returns to the White House in 2024. Trump apparently confirmed those reports when he referenced the executive order in a recent speech at Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit last month.

Trump complained that the current process for removing a federal bureaucrat from their position is a lengthy process that takes an average of five years:

Our current appeals process to remove these bureaucrats, people who can be really bad, they can even be thieves. You can catch them stealing large sums of money. You have to go through an appeals process in three stages, which on average takes five years per stage. 15 years you will be gone; you are out of the office then.

Trump said the long time frame deters other politicians from starting the process of removing bureaucrats because it takes longer than their terms in office.

“In other words, firing someone who does a bad job, if the government wins, will take more than a decade under the current system. Almost all politicians will not start that process because they want to be gone and they know it,” Trump so, add:

You know many politicians, they go to Washington, they are ready. And then they get caught up with people saying, “Hey, I’m going to be here a lot longer than you want,” and the politician just goes to have nice dinners. We can’t do that anymore. We need to run this country properly, because it’s time to clean house in Washington, DC, and we did a lot of that, but nobody knew the deep state was that deep. We did a lot of that.

Although Trump has hinted, but not officially announced, a 2024 presidential run, he would have the support of the majority of Republicans, according to a straw poll conducted by CPAC in Dallas.

Trump won a whopping 69 percent of the vote, which was 45 percent higher than the next closest challenger, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who received just 24 percent support among CPAC attendees.

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at or follow him further Twitter.

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