Why Trump Isn’t Firing All Those Obama Loyalists Working for Him

Why Trump Isn’t Firing All Those Obama Loyalists Working for Him

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@Sara Noble
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Information Clearing House” serves as Advisers to President Donald Trump as he picks his agency staff and they are urging President Trump to purge the government of the former president’s appointees who are behind a number of damaging leaked stories.

The situation isn’t that simple. There are only a few dozen Obama appointees left according to the Partnership for Public Service and they are in critical jobs. Even if they are purged, you’re still left with disloyal non-political employees. At the same time, they are behind many of the leaks undermining the presidency.

A New York Times story claimed Obama White House appointees spread information and rumors about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and alleged contacts between Trump associates and Russians — across the government.

Trump’s staff blame phone leaks of conversations with foreign leaders on Obama holdovers.

The Partnership for Public Service says a massive purge is not the answer.

“The solution is not to purge the Obama holdovers but rather to actually identify people and move them forward,” said Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service, which has advised the Trump team. “Historically, it has taken a year plus for administrations to get their entire team in place. I’m afraid the Trump team is behind that, and that would not be a good thing. He has to have his own team in place if he’s going to be able to get things done”[…]

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