Along with every new administration in the White House, there also comes personnel changes. Should Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump become the next president, these changes may be drastic.
Speaking to a group of donors, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said the Trump campaign is currently in the process of putting together a list of Obama-appointed government staff members who must go.
In an exclusive report from Reuters, Christie who serves as the head of Trump’s White House transition team, told the group at the convention, “As you know from his other career, Donald likes to fire people,” referring to Trump’s reality TV show The Apprentice.
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Christie also said that, should Trump become president, one of his first acts may be to approach Congress and ask for legislation to make it easier to fire public workers.
The concern among the transition advisers is that President Barack Obama will act to change the workers’ status from appointed official to public servant. If he is successful in his endeavors, the employees’ positions will be more secure and it will be more difficult for Trump to replace them.
Christie calls the process of changing the status from appointee to civil servant, “burrowing,” which creates roadblocks for the incoming administration.
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In an effort to combat Obama’s reclassification of appointees, Christie said, “One of the things I have suggested to Donald is that we have to immediately ask the Republican Congress to change the civil service laws. Because if they do, it will make it a lot easier to fire those people.”
Currently, firing a civil servant is “cumbersome” and “time-consuming,” Christie said.
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