President Trump was first elected as a political outsider who promised many things during his presidential campaign. One of the things he promised was that he would drain the Washington swamp of corruption and the officials continuing to serve their own self-interests rather than the people they are claiming to represent.
Entering his fourth year in office, Trump is continuing to make good on that promise to drain the swamp.
Trump most recently set his eyes on the National Security Council, which was full of holdovers from the Obama administration—something Trump took swift action to change.
The Washington Examiner reports Trump and national security adviser Robert O’Brien cut 70 positions from the NSC.
These officials will no longer personally serve President Trump on national security measures, but some will retreat to other positions within the administration.
“Many were loaners from other agencies and have been sent back. Others left government work,” the Washington Examiner reports.
President Trump confirmed his most recent firing of Lt. Col. Alexader Vindman—one which has stirred outrage from the Left—in a pair of tweets on Saturday morning.
“Fake News @CNN & MSDNC keep talking about ‘Lt. Col.’ Vindman as though I should think only how wonderful he was,” Trump tweeted. “Actually, I don’t know him, never spoke to him, or met him (I don’t believe!) but, he was very insubordinate, reported contents of my ‘perfect’ calls incorrectly, & was given a horrendous report by his superior, the man he reported to, who publicly stated that Vindman had problems with judgment, adhering to the chain of command and leaking information.”
“In other words, ‘OUT,'” he tweeted.
….was given a horrendous report by his superior, the man he reported to, who publicly stated that Vindman had problems with judgement, adhering to the chain of command and leaking information. In other words, “OUT”.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2020
The report adds:
Last week, one key official who testified against Trump at a House hearing on the Ukraine affair that led to impeachment was sent packing. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was returned to the Pentagon. His twin brother Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman was also given the boot. Trump had expressed displeasure that Alexander Vindman had testified against him when the Ukraine specialist said he did not like the phone conversation between the president and a newly elected president of Ukraine.
Since entering the White House, Trump has relied on staffs smaller than previous administrations and has noted how prior president’s had a much smaller NSC team.
According to NSC’s Strategic Communications Senior Director John Ullyot, the NSC will complete its downsizing this month. This could include even more cuts.
“This month, we will complete the right-sizing goal Ambassador O’Brien outlined in October, and in fact, may exceed that target by drawing down even more positions,” Ullyot said per the report.