(NationalSentinel) By now President Donald J. Trump’s pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C., is well-known, and not just throughout the American electorate: It’s also well-known throughout the federal bureaucracy, which Trump has vowed to dramatically reduce.
This past week, after several leaks to the press caught him and his administration off guard, he was provided with all the evidence he needs to convince the electorate that his “drain the swamp” strategy is the right one. He can’t make the country great again if he’s thwarted at every turn by careerist bureaucrats who disagree with his methods and his vision.
But, as Politico notes, the massive federal bureaucracy is not about to go away quietly:
Donald Trump…is learning this history lesson about the presidency in real time: His most dangerous enemies are people who ostensibly work for him.
Modern presidents always feel hectored by the news media and harried by opposition legislators. But mortal threats to their power typically come from hostile forces inside the executive branch.
The phenomenon has rarely been on more vivid display, with Trump buffeted by an unprecedented barrage of leaks about his decision-making and direct challenges to the decisions themselves—a new example coming almost daily—from within the permanent bureaucracy of government.
The piece went on to provide a historical account of past presidents who went up against the institutionalized forces of bureaucracy: Careerists who have been doing their jobs for a long time and are not accustomed to change or being challenged by anyone.
There will have to be some bureaucracy – that’s just the way it is. There are statutory and constitutional requirements of government Trump won’t be able to eliminate and won’t really want to. But there is so much repetition and so many federal agencies that Trump can certainly reduce the size, scope and power of the bureaucracy he commands, thus making more functional, more efficient, and less likely to undermine him and future chief executives.
It’s safe to say that few people expected Trump would hit the ground running as fast as he did, or even that his first months in office were going to come and go without a hitch. But what’s become clear as well is that everyone within “the establishment” – in Congress, in the media and certainly in the bureaucratic structures of power, there people waiting to obstruct and undermine him at every turn.
This is just the beginning. But given the team he has assembled, we’re betting on him, not his detractors. And truthfully, every time some mid-level functionary embarrasses him or thwarts his initiatives, they will provide more reason for Trump to “drain the swamp.” And Americans will love him for it.