Trump Shares Post Telling Federal Workers To ‘Find Other Jobs, Never Return And Not Be Paid’
In a perplexing move, President Donald Trump on Monday took to Twitter to share an article written by a top administration official, that harshly criticizes federal workers as disloyal to the White House and should lose their jobs.
The writer of the op-ed, published by conservative news site The Daily Caller, argues the partial government shutdown is an opportunity for Trump to greatly reduce the size of government.
“Only 15 percent of the employees around me are exceptional patriots serving their country. I wish I could give competitive salaries to them and no one else,” the article reads. “But 80 percent feel no pressure to produce results. If they don’t feel like doing what they are told, they don’t.”
“Furloughed employees should find other work, never return and not be paid,” the op-ed states.
The second goal should be finding savings for taxpayers, according to the op-ed.
If the shutdown is just about “rhetorical bickering,” it is a loss, the author states. “But if it proves that government is better when smaller, focusing only on essential functions that serve Americans, then President Trump will achieve something great that Reagan was only bold enough to dream.”
Trump shared the op-ed on Tuesday, a day after it was published by The Daily Caller, by retweeting a tweet by his son, Donald Trump, Jr.
The writer of the op-ed, headlined “I’m a Senior Trump Official and I Hope a Long Shutdown Smokes out the Resistance,” is described by website as a senior official in the Trump administration “whose identity is known to us and whose career would be jeopardized by its disclosure.”
Worth the read.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 14, 2019
The government has been shut down for 25 days over Trump’s demand for funding for a southern border wall. Roughly 800,000 federal workers are furloughed or working without pay.
The op-ed’s argument that most federal workers should lose their jobs and that the shutdown should be a way to drive them out is at odds with the public comments of Republican lawmakers and even Trump, who have cast federal workers furloughed or working without pay as a result of the shutdown as victims.
The writer claims that a majority of federal workers “do nothing that warrants punishment and nothing of external value.”
“That is their workday: errands for the sake of errands — administering, refining, following and collaborating on process,” the op-ed reads.
A long shutdown can eliminate the sabotage and waste in the government so workers can focus on the president’s agenda, the author of the story wrote.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the president’s decision to share the op-ed.