Last week, the media reported that there was a mass exodus of employees who abruptly quit their jobs at Trump’s State Department because they just couldn’t stomach working for the new president.
Turns out, that’s not what happened. The officials were actually fired.
From Daily Wire:
CNN now reports that the Trump administration told undersecretary for management Patrick Kennedy, Assistant Secretaries for Administration and Consular Affairs Michele Bond and Joyce Anne Barr, and director of the Office of Foreign Missions Gentry Smith to take a hike. State Department assistant secretary for Europe Victoria Nuland was also shown the door. They submitted their letters of resignation as “per tradition at the beginning of a new administration,” said CNN, and the White House gave the okay. A senior State Department official stated, “There is just not any attempt here to dis the President. People are not quitting and running away in disgust. This is the White House cleaning house.”
Not exactly a great day for journalism for the mainstream media.
The media has also been telling us for months that federal workers were planning to leave their jobs in huge numbers if Donald Trump became president.
However, that might have been a little over exaggerated as well.
Jazz Shaw wrote a great piece at Hot Air about these employees and it is very clear that they aren’t as dead set on leaving as they had previously implied…
On the eve of President Trump’s inauguration, surveys of federal workers indicated that “as many as” one third of them were still “considering” quitting their government jobs in protest of the new president’s election. So how is that working out? Government Executive conducted a series of interviews among the disgruntled (who still seem to be available for interviews at their offices) and the headline from their latest coverage would lead you to believe that these employees are making good on their promises.
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Here’s what they are saying now…
One anonymous worker at the Bureau of Land Management provides the quote found in the title of the piece. “I can’t get out the door fast enough,” she says. But that door must be one heck of a long ways from her desk because she follows it up by saying she is counting down the days until she becomes eligible for retirement. Hold the phone here. What sort of a principled stand is that? You’re telling us that the new president is so entirely unacceptable that you’re going to leave your job in government service rather than be seen working for him. But not until you’ve stuck around long enough to qualify for all of your taxpayer funded lifetime benefits.
There were other examples of hesitation in the sourced article as well but you get the idea.
It sounds like there is some major backtracking going on.
This is reminiscent of all the celebrities who promised to leave America if Trump became president.
We are still waiting for one of them to make good on their promise.