Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Friday, February 21, 2020

While vacancies and acting officials have become commonplace in this administration, the moves by President Donald Trump this week represent a troubling and potentially profound new danger to the country. There will soon be no Senate-confirmed director of the National Counterterrorism Center, director of national intelligence, principal deputy director of national intelligence, homeland security secretary, deputy homeland security secretary, nor leaders of any of the three main border security and immigration agencies. Across the government, nearly 100,000 federal law enforcement agents, officers, and personnel are working today without permanent agency leaders, from Customs and Border Protection and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

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Who needs all those positions anyway? Our stable jeanius can do all that in his spare time.

#1 | Posted by Charliecharles at 2020-02-21 10:44 PM | Reply

What's the big deal?

Bruce told me Trump is great and nothing he's doing will have any lasting effect.

Wait, let me quote him:


"Trump is small scale destruction compared to the nuclear Bernie bomb.
POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER "

"The next person can put Obama's laws back in place.
You are not informed of you think Trump has had major success. Since the Dems took the house, he has been neutered.
This kind of drama is going to hand Trump the election kids. Try to stay sane.
POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER


According to Bruce, this thread is unnecessary.

As are any other threads critical of Trump.

#2 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-02-21 10:51 PM | Reply

#2 I remember that comment by Bruce and meant to respond to it. You mentioned how Trump is stacking the courts, something that can't be waived away by the next POTUS. I wanted to add that Trump has been busy "deconstructing the administrative state" per Bannon's dictate. He has been hollowing out the State Department and many other govt agencies by forcing out people with decades worth of knowledge and expertise and replacing them with partisan hacks and 29 year olds who know nothing about the agencies they are being thrust into. What I won't have pointed out but what this article delineates is that in many cases the knowledgeable people who are being forced out aren't being replaced by anybody. Hell of a way to run a railroad, as they say, and it won't be so easy to reverse the damage.

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-21 11:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"He has been hollowing out the State Department and many other govt agencies by forcing out people with decades worth of knowledge and expertise and replacing them with partisan hacks and 29 year olds who know nothing about the agencies they are being thrust into."

The people who love Trump's purge of career civil servants to swell the ranks with unqualified inexperienced Deplorables... also tell us 29 year olds are lazy ignoramuses who expect high-paying top tier jobs for doing next to nothing.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-02-21 11:33 PM | Reply

"replacing them with partisan hacks and 29 year olds who know nothing about the agencies they are being thrust into."

Here's one recent example:

Ex-Trump aide John McEntee to lead White House office of personnel

John McEntee, President Trump's former body man who was fired by former chief of staff John Kelly over security clearance issues and recently returned to the West Wing, is expected to lead the Presidential Personnel Office, according to two sources with direct knowledge.

Why it matters: Trump has increasingly become furious with what he sees as a federal government full of "never-Trumpers." Administration officials tell Axios Trump feels he's surrounded by snakes and wants to clear out all the disloyal people.

Trump sees McEntee as the ultimate loyalist, and he has assigned him the powerful role of picking personnel across the federal government.

The backdrop: Prior to working for Trump, McEntee, now 29, was the starting quarterback for the Connecticut Huskies football team.

He is very close with Stephen Miller from their days on Air Force One and the campaign.


www.axios.com

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-22 12:50 AM | Reply

The rumors about McEntee were that he was fired when his security clearance didn't go through due to an online gambling addiction and unpaid taxes. So, of course, it would make sense that this 29 year old former football player with no previous personnel experience should be put in charge of "picking personnel across the federal govt:

President Donald Trump's personal assistant, John McEntee, was fired and escorted from the White House on Monday after being denied a security clearance over financial problems in his background, according to senior administration officials and people close to the former aide.

People close to Mr. McEntee said problems related to online gambling and mishandling of his taxes prevented him from gaining the clearance necessary for the role.

www.wsj.com

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-22 12:58 AM | Reply

I remember that comment by Bruce and meant to respond to it. You mentioned how Trump is stacking the courts, something that can't be waived away by the next POTUS.

Bruce didn't respond to it either.

Btw. Newsworthy posts throughout the thread.

#7 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-02-22 02:21 AM | Reply

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