United States President Donald Trump is looking to settle scores during his final days in office by culling officials whose loyalty is under question.
With just over 60 days to go until the end of the Trump term in the White House, the President will be using the time he has left to cement his agenda – which, it appears, means that he will be dismissing any employees in the White House whose loyalty he questions.
Trump’s agenda was first made clear with the firing of Defense Secretary Mark Esper, which caused a major shake-up in the Pentagon. He followed it up with the dismissal of the administration’s top cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs on Tuesday evening. CIA Director Gina Haspel and FBI Director Christopher Wray are expected to follow Esper and Krebs into the firing line, which will send out a message to other Trump appointees that anything that’s considered disloyal will cost them their jobs.
“Loyalty is what matters most to the president. He’s always made that clear,” Dan Eberhart, a GOP fundraiser, told The Hill. “Trump expects those around him to take an oath of loyalty and to live up to it. If they don’t, there’s consequences.
“This isn’t the mafia, but staffers who Trump considers part of his presidential family shouldn’t expect to stay in their jobs long if he thinks they’ve been disloyal,” he continued. “Most of these people know this and were already looking for new jobs before they spoke up.”
The final days of the Trump administration are set to be explosive and it does not bode well for incoming President, Joe Biden, who has not been allowed to oversee a smooth transition into his administration due to Trump’s refusal to concede the election.