DRAINING THE SWAMP: IT BEGINS

Are President Trump and his people trying to get ahead of the “shadow government” problem (or, more exactly, scandal)?

Well, let’s see:

First we have this excerpt from CBS,:

While Rex Tillerson is on his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, his aides laid off staff at the State Department on Thursday. 

Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the Counselor offices, were told today that their services were no longer needed. 

These staffers in particular are often the conduit between the secretary’s office to the country bureaus, where the regional expertise is centered. Inside the State Department, some officials fear that this is a politically-minded purge that cuts out much-needed expertise from the policy-making, rather than simply reorganizing the bureaucracy.

First we have this excerpt from an article at CNBC, dated October 17th, 2016 – less than a month before the election:

One revelation in the documents came from an interview with an unidentified person who suggested that Freedom of Information Act requests related to Clinton went through a group sometimes called “the Shadow Government.”

“There was a powerful group of very high-ranking STATE officials that some referred to as ‘The 7th Floor Group’ or ‘The Shadow Government.’ This group met every Wednesday afternoon to discuss the FOIA process, Congressional records, and everything CLINTON-related to FOIA/Congressional inquiries,” the FBI’s interview summary said.

And then we have this excerpt from CBS, dated February 17th (today):

While Rex Tillerson is on his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, his aides laid off staff at the State Department on Thursday. 

Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the Counselor offices, were told today that their services were no longer needed. 

These staffers in particular are often the conduit between the secretary’s office to the country bureaus, where the regional expertise is centered. Inside the State Department, some officials fear that this is a politically-minded purge that cuts out much-needed expertise from the policy-making, rather than simply reorganizing the bureaucracy.

Are these the people who were working, covertly, behind the scenes, to subvert the Trump presidency?  The ones who were intentionally – and illegally – leaking material meant to take our government down?

The ones who would have done the same to Hillary Clinton if she had won and they did not like her presidential decisions?

If so, then my reaction is to emphatically thank Secretary Of State Tillerson…and to remind him that it is just a start.

As for that hand-wringing segment of the CBS excerpt, which noted that “Inside the State Department, some officials fear that this is a politically-minded purge that cuts out much-needed expertise from the policy-making, rather than simply reorganizing the bureaucracy.”

In the words of any kid who grew up in the Boroughs of New York City – like Donald Trump and like me – tough excrement.

And, believe me, neither of us used the word “excrement”.

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