Even after he left the Oval Office, former President Obama still has allies in the federal government who keep undermining President Trump.
One of President Trump’s first actions was to create an executive order on immigration, and one of Obama’s appointed federal judges in Hawaii put a stop to the ban because he claimed it was “unconstitutional.”
But you might be shocked to learn just how many Obama-loving employees are still working in the federal government under Trump.
Calls are growing for President Trump to “clean house” at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, after a series of leaks aimed at embarrassing and undermining the president sprung from the White House this week.
A White House source estimates more than 60 percent of employees at the National Security Council are not Trump administration appointees, but career officials who were appointed to the White House from other agencies under the Obama administration.
The source said there are “whole departments” at the NSC with only one Trump appointee.
“I think the lesson here is that these things are going to continue to happen until the Trump White House does a serious housecleaning,” said Fred Fleitz, a former CIA and Bush administration official.
“Now under civil service rules, it’s difficult to fire them and I’m not sure they should be fired, but they can be reassigned. And people who are going to promote the president’s policies rather than undermine them — he needs to put those people in place,” he added.
The White House did not respond immediately to a request for comment on whether it would reassign or appoint new NSC officials anytime soon.
Earlier this week, ‘current and former’ officials leaked to the Washington Post that Trump had discussed ‘highly classified’ information with Russian officials last week.
A day later, an ‘associate’ of former FBI Director James Comey told the New York Times that Comey allegedly wrote a memo saying Trump asked him to end his investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Then a ‘current and a former official’ — presumably the same ones who talked to the Post — revealed to the New York Times that Israel was the source of the information Trump spoke with Russian officials about.
Fleitz believes it is those career officials assigned to the NSC under Obama who leaked Trump’s conversation with Russian officials to former Obama officials and media outlets.
“I understand there was something called a memcon, a memo of conversation, that was written on it, and I suspect that that document may have reached people in these various agencies who had been put in place, promoted by the Obama administration, they’re Obama loyalists, and they’re just aching for information that they can use to undermine this president,” he said.
“At the NSC, there’s no confirmation process, people can be let go immediately, and new people can be brought in,” he added.
The real problem here is whether there’s a weasel in there. Is it possible that an Obama loyalist would disobey their country and Commander-in-Chief?
Yeah. History would say that they would completely disobey President Trump. There are probably traitors all over the federal government.
But there is a major issue for Trump’s administration.
But a major problem for the Trump administration is that there is no budget to bring in new people at the NSC until September, when the new fiscal year starts, the White House source said.
But compounding the problem is that there are also hundreds of political positions currently unfilled at departments that interface with the NSC, such as State and Defense.
So far, out of 57 Senate-confirmed political appointee positions at the Pentagon, only two have been filled — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson.
Fleitz recommended the Trump administration move much faster on getting those slots filled — both those that require Senate confirmation and those that do not.
“Concerning positions that require confirmation, you can put in people on an interim basis,” he said. “Congress has no say over it. I don’t doubt Congress will try to slow roll trying to put in confirmed people, but they can’t be blocked.”
“The process has to start for many, many of these positions, hundreds of them, confirmed positions. There haven’t even been nominations,” he said. “Their names have to be put forward, in front of the Senate, let the Democrats play their games, we’ll have them in place in a couple of months, maybe a few months,” he said.
So it makes you question how many Obama loyalists are colluding behind President Trump’s back. And it also makes you question whether former President Obama is assisting them in any way.