Trump Advisers Call For A 'Purge' Of Obama Appointees

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Earlier this week, in an appearance on Fox News, Trump confirmed his beliefs that Obama is behind the litany of leaks that have plagued his administration over the past couple of months.

"No, I think he [Obama] is behind it, because his people are certainly behind it. I also think it is politics, that's the way it is."


And while the source of the leaks may be easy to deduce, the appropriate response is not so easy to implement.  That said, there is a growing chorus of advisers to the President who are urging him to purge the government of former Obama political appointees and quickly install more people who are loyal to him.

Newt Gingrich is among those calling for such a purge...per Politico:

"His playbook should be to get rid of the Obama appointees immediately," said Newt Gingrich, a top surrogate. "There are an amazing number of decisions that are being made by appointees that are totally opposed to Trump and everything he stands for. Who do you think those people are responding to?"


Gingrich added: "Ninety-five percent of the bureaucrats are against him."

Meanwhile, Gingrinch offered a backhanded compliment to Schumer, saying "I didn't get it early on. This is not about slowing down the Cabinet. This is about keeping working control of the government for Obama.  It's actually very shrewd on Schumer's part."

Gingrich said he blamed Sen. Chuck Schumer for slow-walking the nominees, though Schumer's office notes that many of the picks were not properly vetted: At least three have already dropped out. The Office of Government Ethics remains overwhelmed with applications now, "but they are beginning to catch up," one person involved in the nominations said. At many agencies, no top positions are filled, which means the layers of political appointees that report to them haven't been picked, either.


"I didn't get it early on. This is not about slowing down the Cabinet. This is about keeping working control of the government for Obama," Gingrich said. "It's actually very shrewd on Schumer's part. Trump is not going to have control of the government until at least June."

Roger Stone also chimed in on the debate saying the Trump administration should have cut ties with Obama's staff "a long time ago, a long, long time ago."

"If you employ people who aren't loyal to you, you can't be surprised when they leak," said Roger Stone, another longtime adviser. A third person close to Trump said: "He should have gotten these people who are out to get him out a long time ago, a long, long time ago. I think they know that now."


"You hire a bunch of people in the West Wing who are hacks and aren't loyal to you, and you'll have a bunch of leaks," Stone said. "There aren't that many Trump loyalists in the White House."

Of course, in reality, Trump's problems go much deeper than just the remaining Obama appointees as government agencies around Washington D.C. are staffed with 1,000s of career civil servants, many of whom loath President Trump's administration and its agenda. 

The reality, however, is more complicated: The White House has thousands of open jobs across the agencies, many nonpolitical civilian employees are critical of the administration, and some Cabinet secretaries say they need the Obama people during a rocky transition.


Only a few dozen Obama political appointees remain in the federal government apparatus, according to the Partnership for Public Service. Many of them are in crucial positions, including Robert Work, a top official at the Department of Defense, and Thomas Shannon, the acting deputy at the State Department.


Even if Trump were to ax those remaining senior political appointees, he would still have to reckon with the hundreds of thousands of civilian employees, who stay with every administration. Many of them are skeptical of Trump because they resent his assault on Washington and its culture, his impulsive decisions and his seeming lack of intellectual curiosity about their agencies and work.

The swamp seems to be much deeper than anyone could have predicted.

Trump Swamp

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IridiumRebel's picture

Fuck Obama. Fucking awful and unheard of doing this to a new team in the White House. It sabotages the country.


localsavage's picture

Just get them out and eliminate 50% of the positions.  Just, make the people who he hires actually work at the level of private sector employees and they will still be overstaffed.

greenskeeper carl's picture

No shit. AT LEAST half of those people can be fired and need not be replaced. There are entire agencies that should be abolished. If they don't like it, fuck 'em. A quarter of the federal workforce would be a nice start.

CheapBastard's picture

We ZH Deplorables have been saying this for weeks ... gut these agencies of ALL Soweeto bin Bama hires.

That does not mean 50%....

That does not mean 80%...



IridiumRebel's picture

I want it to look like the .gov version of Lehman Bros. with faggy deep state Dems walking out of offices across the Potomac basin with a "How the fuck will I pay the mortgage?" look on their pompous fucking faces. Tearful cell phone calls telling wives to stop shopping and look into, dare I say it, PUBLIC SCHOOLING. Dinner dates at posh restaurants cancelled.

Deep State Alocalypse.

wee-weed up's picture



Trump Advisers Call For A 'Purge' Of Obama Appointees

Now THIS I like!

As we used to cheer in high school...

"Go... Go... Get'em... Get'em... Uh!... Uh!

runswithscissors's picture

and why have they not been purged the swamp drain clogged up with commies?

WillyGroper's picture

prolly cuz they have tenticles everywhere!  uke's?

GW's 131/3 Day 131 - Hillary's Henchmen, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 3 - YouTube

here's a blast from the past mz giffords, antifirearm giffords.

so, was it judge roll, giffords or both?


xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) WillyGroper Mar 3, 2017 11:54 PM

TRUMP needs to MAN UP and take charge.

Not let a bunch of sissy democrats to bully him an his appointees

64 Ways Obama is Sabotaging Trump


prime american's picture
prime american (not verified) xythras Mar 4, 2017 3:54 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

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LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) IridiumRebel Mar 3, 2017 9:36 PM

Eliminate their $100K, plus, per year tax payer paid pensions along with the firing.  They don't have real jobs but they should still have to save for retirement like the rest of us.

IridiumRebel's picture

Here's a pink slip motherfucker. You take anything and Vince over there will break your thumbs.

mtanimal's picture

The Vince role is a nice touch, considering the theft by the Clintonistas.

Zorba's idea's picture

Yes, The Private Sector reality is accustomed to operating in survival mode by its very nature..Survival of the fittest and best adapters. Figuring out how to do more for less with less is essential for most businesses in the private sector. Yet, the obese nature of government bureaucracies that are insulated from the "do or perish" reality and perpetuated by streams of flowing regulations, statutes, laws which enable their self perpetuating nature where money and the broken two party political machinery that always finds a way to lubricate itself must end. We already know its unsustainable and expendable in its present condition.

Cman5000's picture

Trump  "I will shut that shit down, no exceptions" carved into his bat.

runswithscissors's picture
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe,
Catch a nigger commie by the toe.
JLee2027's picture

The White House has thousands of open jobs across the agencies, many nonpolitical civilian employees are critical of the administration


You cannot work for Obama/ now Trump, be critical of Trump, and be non-political. Hello.

QuantumEasing's picture

Logic. It's making a comeback.

bobdog54's picture

Really, I cannot believe this wasn't automatic??? For shit's sake, I really thought that was a given...

JLee2027's picture

It is on the top level only usually.

LetThemEatRand's picture

How is this even subject to debate?  Trump would need to close various agencies in order to do mass firings, but that's a good thing.  The federal government is massively overblown and overfunded. 

In the short-term, just stop sharing sensitive information with people outside your trusted circle.  In the long-term, shrink the government and drain the swamp by eliminating it.

chunga's picture

Sometimes when you're real sick you need strong medicine. The shrieks from the swamp lovers would be fantastic but that doesn't matter one bit.

Just do it.

fbazzrea's picture

the louder the better

TeethVillage88s's picture

I'm thinking your post should go large, viral.

There is little question that the federal govt is over budget, $20 Trillion in Debt, $60 Trillion in current liabilities... and total US Debt is $64 Trillion.

"How is this even subject to debate? Trump would need to close various agencies in order to do mass firings, but that's a good thing. The federal government is massively overblown and over-funded."

- Plus out of control Foreign Policy
- Plus Killing Women & Kids under Obama and G.W.B.
- Plus Dirty Wars in M.E. and Central Asia
- Plus Failing Pension Funds
- Plus Failing Fixed Income Families and others due to ZIRP/LIRP
- Plus $700 Billion Trade Deficit
- Plus Cratering Money Velocity
- Plus Destruction of the Middle Class
- Plus growth of Private Prisons... like the South of 1950s
- Plus growth of MIC... through Neocons... and wealthy buddies
- Plus Property Confiscation Laws
- Plus financial control laws for the poor or middle class, but the wealthy can go off shore, of course!
- Growth of Rentiers includes Private Federal Reserve it seems as they are the biggest Realty Owners(Real Estate)
- Destruction of US Engineering, Engineering Students... growth of US FIREs Employees!


AtATrESICI's picture

For god sakes that is a no brainer. Pull the trigger now...

AKKadian's picture

Why stop there purge DC and surrounding area. And don't stop there purge the whole dam country.!!!

CheapBastard's picture

If you want to purge, I say,

Begin with those who Pay-to-Play,

Tall, short, fat, & skinny creeps,

Especially those who praise Meryl Streep!

booboo's picture

Umm, there are hundreds of thousands of capable individuals all over this country that would be happy to work for and be loyal to the office of the President. How about a job fair on the white house lawn, that would just mind fuck the msm. Goddamn this ain't rocket science.

mtanimal's picture

Hell, I would do it pro bono for a year if I had hiring and firing authority.

are we there yet's picture

The democrats look and act more like a criminal organization than a political governing philosophy.

FlKeysFisherman's picture

I'm no political strategist but this is a no brainer and I'm a little disappointed Trump hasn't been more aggresive on this.

Oath_Keeper's picture

No shit. This would have been on my agenda the first day. He's no politician, for certain.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

In my mind this is his biggest weakness. He's a business man, and he views the world through a professional, corporate world view. He doesn't understand that he just bought a corporation where 99% of the employees wish to see the business fail. He has zero experience with such mindset. He will have to learn fast. 

fbazzrea's picture

he seems to have a pretty sharp learning curve. i think this lesson has been driven home.

look for lots of pink in coming days/weeks.

Mr T's picture

Very opportune time for a Government shut down then the SNAP and EBts go down and the feces will begin to really fly. 

Krungle's picture

Yes, cutting off EBT seems like a great way to get rid of the entrenched, overpaid political class said no one ever until now.

Mr T's picture

Krungle you did not understand what I wrote. 

Maybe it was too hard to understand.

No one tho?



sheikurbootie's picture

Trump is used to his organizations hiring the best people.  Obviously, government hires everyone else....

THE SWAMP IS THE BUREAUCRATS, not Congress.  It's the people that do the daily task (very slowly).  The fucking retired and still working.   In the military we called them ROADS.  Retired On Active Duty.  There are a shit ton of them.  They do enough just NOT to get fired. 

It will take an EO to get rid of them and there are 10,000's of ROADs.  I'd guess 50% of them suck and wouldn't make it in the real world. 

sheikurbootie's picture

I'll also add...

Which companies hire someone with a internet or distance learning college degree?  The US Government.

Nearly all of the jobs in the inner workings of gov't are perfectly fine with an internet type degree. The gov't jobs used to be shit, until the economy collapsed 9 years ago.  Now, those gov't jobs are better than most others.

No company I've ever encountered would hire someone with a fake degree. 

Another interesting fact.   The federal gov't hires a disproportionate number of minorities due to affirmative action.  I would guess the number is at least double the population sample.  Nearly all are liberal.  

Krungle's picture

And the difference between a distance learning degree and a traditional classroom based degree is what? 

It is still up to you to actually assimilate the information. Education at every level in this country is inefficient, ineffective, and usually just plain stupid. This is true even at "good" univerisities (most of which are mostly just expensive SJW training courses now, even in the sciences). A degree from an Ivy League is not an indicator that someone can actually perform any job well (as evidenced by our political class). If someone knows what they need to know for a job, I could care less how they got the information. And since many distance learners tend to be working people looking to add skills/second degree, I'd actually be more impressed that they could successfully juggle grown up life AND have the discipline to stay up nights watching lectures and doing homework, than by the fact that they could graduate from a four year snowflake institution where they literally had no other concerns in life but classwork and not being offended by shit.

incharge1976's picture

Any legit distance learning from a good college is tough. I took my first two years at Thomas Edison State College in my late 20's. It almost merged with Rutgers, the school I eventually did graduate from. The amount of work I had was nuts, and I had to learn most of it myself. It was a lot tougher than my two years at Rutgers. I graduated high school when I was 16, so taking College Algebra, Biology, Chemistry, and Technical Writing all at once and in a 11 week period (13 weeks but two weeks were exams) after being out of school for so long was really tough, especially with a job, wife, and kid. It was by far the toughest thing I've ever had to do. There is no one to really help when you need to read 2,400 pages in 11 weeks, understand it all, take tests, and write weekly reports. I'd take sitting in the toughest school in the county over doing distance learning again. 

TeethVillage88s's picture

Gave plus + 2.

Looks I could sign a contract for tech school for $11,000 a year for 3 years... but wow. I already have a business degree and was criticized for that.

- Internet Degrees are the way to go and to deflate our colleges and universities... it will take time to audit them or create ratings agencies or things like that... US Financial Ratings of Derivatives AAA
- The Overhead of Universities and US Colleges... and like US Hospitals... to too big!
- Military used Correspondence courses for a very long time... what is it.. anyone... 50 years or longer?

TeethVillage88s's picture


I'd appreciate any quotes or bullet points, partner.

Like this:

- 97 different kinds of Taxes:
- 75,000 Pages in the Federal Register of Regulations
- 74,000 Pages in the IRS Income Tax Rules
- 2,700 Pages in ACA (Obama Care) Initially, but more than 20,000 pages with all other related regulations

MaxThrust's picture

Come up with a budget that underfunds these agencies and let the Obama appointees fire their staff.

Of course there would be endless crying and nashing of teeth by the MSM but hey , it's like that everyday already.

shrimpythai's picture

I agrree I read somewhere a while ago that the us gov is the biggest employer - like 2+ million people  - all with good pay - pensions etc... and how many of thos 2 million are swap rats anyway? 

oops - federal, state and local 22+ million  yep a few swap rats running around 5 5 5

garcam123's picture

I'm available for any supervisory position that pays the DC salary. I'm honest and reliable and ready to go.  I can drive the cows!  I'm the guy who had the account at the whorehouse in Antigua! Go Donald!

You need to shut down and secure all upper management in all security related divisions and change the passwords. Stat!


stant's picture

Time to drive down realestate prices in DC. Let them get a taste of loading a house over job loss

wisehiney's picture

Shanghai Massacre style purge would be best.

Cloud9.5's picture

I said this before: There was a reason Andrew Jackson introduced the spoils system with such vigor after he was elected.  The existing bureaucracy was owned by the opposition. In as much as the debt ceiling will be breached by summer that will present Trump and opportunity to triage the budget.  Team players continue to get paid.  Stalwarts get IOU’s.