Former President Donald Trump planned to reveal Saturday how he intends to “drain the swamp” and reshape the federal government bureaucracy should he make another White House bid in 2024 and win.
Trump plans to reissue his “Schedule F” executive order to “stack thousands of mid-level staff jobs” by replacing career bureaucrats with young professionals loyal to his “America First” ideology, according to an Axios report Friday.
“To drain the swamp, we need to fire the swamp,” read an excerpt of Trump’s remarks as prepared for delivery to Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit on Saturday, according to Breitbart.
“With schedule F, I took executive action to make it possible to fire federal employees who are bypassing our democracy to advance wokeism and corruption,” the former president was set to add.
“We now need Congress to institute historic reforms to permanently empower the president to root out the deep state, and ensure that any bureaucrat who is corrupt, incompetent, or unnecessary can be told, ‘You’re fired.'”
Trump issued the Schedule F order in October 2020 before President Joe Biden rescinded it.
The order “established a new employment category for federal employees,” Axios said. That category applies to “men and women in the Federal service employed in positions of a confidential, policy-determining, policy-making, or policy-advocating character,” according to the executive order itself.
“Faithful execution of the law requires that the President have appropriate management oversight regarding this select cadre of professionals,” the order adds.
Axios summed up what it called the “heart” of Trump and his allies’ plan.
“New presidents typically get to replace more than 4,000 so-called “political” appointees to oversee the running of their administrations,” the outlet said. “But below this rotating layer of political appointees sits a mass of government workers who enjoy strong employment protections — and typically continue their service from one administration to the next, regardless of the president’s party affiliation.
“An initial estimate by the Trump official who came up with Schedule F found it could apply to as many as 50,000 federal workers — a fraction of a workforce of more than 2 million, but a segment with a profound role in shaping American life.”
So what does it all mean? According to Axios:
“Trump, in theory, could fire tens of thousands of career government officials with no recourse for appeals. He could replace them with people he believes are more loyal to him and to his ‘America First’ agenda.”
The outlet said this plan is more than just an idea — in fact, extensive preparations are already ongoing.
“Well-funded groups are already developing lists of candidates selected often for their animus against the system — in line with Trump’s long-running obsession with draining ‘the swamp,’” Axios reported. “This includes building extensive databases of people vetted as being committed to Trump and his agenda.”
“The preparations are far more advanced and ambitious than previously reported. What is happening now is an inversion of the slapdash and virtually non-existent infrastructure surrounding Trump ahead of his 2017 presidential transition,” the outlet said.
“These groups are operating on multiple fronts: shaping policies, identifying top lieutenants, curating an alternative labor force of unprecedented scale, and preparing for legal challenges and defenses that might go before Trump-friendly judges, all the way to a 6-3 Supreme Court.”
American Moment, a group working to develop lists of administration appointees, says it has already “fully vetted” 700 potential staffers.
“Everyone in the federal government wants to act like they’re working in policy,” the group’s president, Saurabh Sharma, told Axios. “But if you’re doing policy you’re immediately hirable and fireable at will.”
“It’s going to take principled and effective leadership at the top of the presidential personnel office to import Schedule F and make sure that the next conservative president can fill the administration with people they need.”