by Pamela Williams
President Donald Trump ordered work to begin on a reorganization plan for the federal government to reduce its size and cost. “Today there is duplication and redundancy everywhere,” Trump said in an Oval Office signing ceremony on Monday. “Billions and billions of dollars are being wasted.” I bet that is an understatement when it comes to government waste. He had better be careful, or he will ignite another war with the fat cats around him. I hope first on his list is getting rid of the NSA or the CIA one. We certainly don’t need all of those spies breathing down our necks.
The order requires federal agencies to submit a reorganization plan, including proposed cuts. Trump ordered a freeze on federal hiring in January, and on Thursday, he’s scheduled to release a budget plan that would impose deep spending reductions for federal agencies outside the Defense Department.
“This order requires a thorough examination of every executive department and agency to identify money — where money is wasted and how services can be improved and whether or not the programs are truly serving the American people,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Monday ahead of the signing ceremony.
Spicer pointed out that this is not the first time a President has tried to restructure a government, but he warned it is a very lengthy process.
When Bill Clinton took office he wanted to do the same thing. But it was his Vice President Al Gore who found it was his calling…unfortunately. But Gore could not make much headway, because Congress plain does not care. In order to bring about real change, you must create laws.
Other presidents have run into similar challenges. President Ronald Reagan created the Grace Commission to find inefficiencies in the federal government, releasing a 1984 report that sought to eliminate $424 billion in “waste” over three years.
There were fewer than 2.7 million civilian workers in the executive branch in 2014, according to the most recent figures from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. That compares to 2.5 million federal workers in 1962, when the U.S. population was 186.5 million. The population has since grown to more than 324 million.
Another challenge President Trump is facing right now is producing the evidence that he was wiretapped.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Sunday said they still haven’t seen evidence to support President Donald Trump’s unverified claim that his predecessor tapped his phones, but they expect the facts will soon emerge.
The comments came a day before Monday’s deadline set by the House Intelligence Committee, asking the Department of Justice to provide any documentary evidence relating to Trump’s allegation, according to ABC News and the Associated Press.
It really angers me that all these politicians around President Trump do not expect him to come up with any evidence that he was actually wiretapped.
Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House panel, said on ABC’s “This Week” that he expected to see no such evidence and suggested that none existed. He said he hopes to put the matter to rest on March 20, when FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify before the committee.
Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly reject Trump’s claims because they’re false, the New York Times reported on March 5.
“Either the president quite deliberately for some reason made up the charge or, perhaps more disturbing, the president really believes this,” Schiff said on ABC.e to see their faces when he does, in fact, present evidence. All they do is talk behind his back. The following is an example of that.
Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican, called on the president to provide proof of his allegations about former President Barack Obama, or admit he was wrong. “The president has one of two choices: either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” McCain is always hanging around, so he can cut President Trump to the bone.
McCain said he had “no reason to believe that the charge is true” and that Trump could clear up the matter by asking the intelligence community for the facts.
Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, also said he had “not seen that evidence” of wiretapping, but he declined to call on Trump to apologize to Obama.
“President Trump said last weekend that he wanted the intelligence committees in the Senate and the House to take up this matter as part of our broader inquiry into Russia’s activities into our political system last year,” Cotton said on “Face the Nation” on CBS. “We’re going to do exactly that.”
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who left the government in January, has said there was no wiretap activity directed at Trump or his campaign by the Obama administration.
The White House hasn’t provided evidence for the claim, saying it won’t comment beyond asking the relevant congressional committees to look into the allegations as part of their probes into allegations that Russia tried to help Trump during the 2016 presidential election.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, denied during an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” that the Russian government collaborated with Trump’s campaign. Russians had a natural preference for Trump because of his desire for dialogue, while Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton had been more hostile to Russia, he said.
“It’s quite natural, but that doesn’t mean, in no way, that Russia has interfered in electoral process,” Peskov said.
Trump and Putin may meet at the G20 summit in Hamburg in July if there’s no agreement on earlier talks, Peskov said.
I hope all those who constantly criticize Trump like John McCain have to eat all their ugly words soon.
Published on Dec 16, 2016
The Trump Organization is an American privately owned international conglomerate based in Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.
It comprises the business ventures and investments of Donald Trump. From 1971 to 2017, Trump ran the company as chairman and president.
The Trump Organization has interests in real estate development, investing, brokerage, sales and marketing, and property management.
The company owns, operates, invests, and develops residential real estate, hotels, resorts, residential towers, and golf courses in different countries, as well as owning several hundred thousand square feet of prime Manhattan real estate.
Fifteenth video of the Behind the Business Series