The Swamp is Fighting Back
and it is Winning
- Trump acting on his own to abolish the corrupt Trans Pacific Partnership was worth the price of admission.
- The problem is almost everyone Trump hires is a Swamp Creature, and all these Swamp Creatures are looking ahead to when Trump is gone so they can advance their careers.
(Washington Free Beacon) - An ongoing staffing purge being conducted by White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has thrown the West Wing into chaos, according to more than half a dozen Trump administration insiders who told the Washington Free Beacon that McMaster has been targeting long-time Trump loyalists who were clashing with career government staffers and holdovers from the Obama administration.
The purge is part of a larger drama unfolding inside the administration, between veteran Trump staffers committed to the president's campaign vision of "draining the swamp"‘ in Washington and entrenched bureaucracies seeking to maintain control over policy decision-making, according to these sources, who said that many of these actions against his supporters are being conducted without Trump's knowledge.
The Trump staffers fired by McMaster had repeatedly clashed with career government staffers and holdovers from the Obama administration on issues as diverse as military strategies for Syria and Afghanistan, whether to tear up Obama's landmark Iran deal, the controversial détente with Cuba, the U.S. role in confronting Islamic radicalism, and the Paris Climate Accord, according to these sources.
More purges are said to be on the way, according to multiple insiders who described a list of at least four other senior NSC officials McMaster intends to target. Other sources confirmed the likelihood of more purges, but disputed some details on that list.
"McMaster basically has this list and over the next two weeks he's going to phase out" more senior officials loyal to Trump, said one administration insider intimately familiar with the upheaval occurring at the White House National Security Council. "They're taking out people who were chosen to best implement the president's policy that he articulated during the campaign."
One veteran GOP foreign policy hand who has been in constant contact with the administration since its transition to the White House told the Free Beacon that McMaster has sought to downplay outstanding issues with Obama-era holdovers believed to be undermining the administration.
"One of the first things H.R. McMaster did when he took over the NSC was order all the staffers who came in with Trump to stop talking about Obama ‘holdovers.' It was an actual, literal, explicit instruction," the source said. "He didn't want anyone pointing out how Obama loyalists were still in place, undermining President Trump, and leaking against him."
These loyalists are said to include many Obama holdovers, including key NSC personnel who work directly for senior Obama aide Ben Rhodes, who has become a central suspect in the leaks of damaging classified information to the press.
The Republican expert confirmed that more firings are likely on the way.
"After he was done protecting the entrenched bureaucracy McMaster went on offense, which is what you're seeing now," the source said. "He's purging the people who came up with Trump and are genuinely loyal to him."Read More . . . .