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What Trump’s Personnel Firings tell Us

April 5, 2020

If you watch MSNBC or CNN you notice that The New York Times is given special attention. Its headlines and news analysis are accepted and honored as writs from some heavenly source.  Aware of that, I succumbed and enrolled for $4 a month in online access to the daily newspaper.

Today’s paper (April 5, 2020) contains a list of persons whom President Trump has fired from administrative positions in his Administration.

Michael K. Atkinson, Inspector General for intelligence and endorsed the firing of Navy captain Brett E. Crozier

Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a national security aide

Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman

Ambassador Gordon D. Sondland.

Ambassador William B. Taylor Jr., the acting chief diplomat in Ukraine

John C. Rood, under secretary of defense,

Joseph Maguire, acting director of national intelligence

Elaine McCusker, had her nomination to be Pentagon comptroller withdrawn.

Jessie K. Liu, who prosecuted Mr. Trump’s friend, Roger J. Stone Jr., had her nomination to be under secretary of the Treasury withdrawn.

Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, was fired on March 6

What is to be made of these actions?

First, we must recognize that Donald J. Trump sought election without required knowledge of policy and personnel of every important function of the U.S. government.

Knowing no one, he addressed policy issues as if they could be resolved by his action alone. He had no understanding of the career service that manages the Deep State and knew, except for Larry Kudlow, not a single person in the community of American political conservatives who devoted their lives to these issues.

Some of the persons on the list of those relieved of duty were his direct appointees, others were career civil servants he left in place and in the case of one, Elaine McCusker, nominated her to become Comptroller of the U.S. Defense Department.

At the very least, this is an embarrassment. But we now enter a pandemic of historic proportions that promise to challenge the survival of limited government forever.

The die is cast. Hail Caesar!

 

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