Trump's Assault on the "Administrative State"

Trump's Assault on the "Administrative State"
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Among those alarmed by FBI Director James Comey's firing last week are surely many federal workers, who may see it as emblematic of Donald Trump's deliberate attack on the nation's 2.7 million civil servants.

Trump's eagerness to fire government employees, for political or other reasons, has been on display since his campaign pledge to freeze federal hiring and end “waste, fraud and abuse.” Presidential chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon put it more bluntly following Trump's election, pledging the “deconstruction of the administrative state.”

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