Some civil servants are doing all they can to make life difficult for President Trump and his administration by refusing to cooperate on newly imposed policies.
Following Trump’s firing of the previous attorney general, Sally Yates, for refusing to enact his immigration executive order, more than 900 State Department officials signed an internal dissent memo of disapproval regarding Trump’s tactics and policies.
Many of these employees are part of the D.C. “swamp” Trump claims he wishes to drain, hence the animosity and tension between the two entities. It’s not just the State Department. Members of the EPA and the National Parks Service are publicly slamming the president.
Chris Lu, former deputy secretary of labor in the Obama administration, released a public statement regarding the inner fighting between civil servants and Trump:
“I don’t recall any kind of dissent like this happening either in a Democratic or Republican administration — this is clearly unusual. There is a very powerful dissent that is now coming to the forefront among career employees. It’s unusual in my experience to have this, but we are dealing with an unusual president.”
However, Anita McBride, a veteran of the three previous Republican administrations, downplayed the uniqueness of the internal quarrel between the government sectors, stating that clashes between the executive branch and the civil service are more common than the public would like to admit. Although, she does note that this particular squabble is more public.
“These may be overt protests, but in bureaucracies, there are a lot of behind-the-scenes and under-the-radar usurping of presidential power,” McBride told The Hill. “I think it’s more open because I think they see that the president is more open.”
A draft of the civil servant-issued memo can be read below:
“A policy which closes our doors to over 200 million legitimate travelers in the hopes of preventing a small number of travelers who intend to harm America … will not achieve its aim of making our country safer. Such a policy runs counter to core American values of nondiscrimination, fair play, and extending a warm welcome to foreign visitors and immigrants.”
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