Revenge of the Bureaucrats

Revenge of the Bureaucrats
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President Donald Trump is setting himself up for a messy clash with the country's 2.1 million federal employees as his administration quietly preps plans to cut the size of the government workforce.

As one of his first acts, Trump is expected to sign an executive order this week freezing most federal hiring. His team is also fine-tuning plans to shrink several agencies focused on domestic policy, according to sources close to the transition.

Now, though, the president is about to find out how much power these maligned workers have to slow or even short-circuit his agenda.

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