Chaffetz On Exec. Branch Vacancies: Trump Has ‘No Intention’ Of Full Staffing

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The House Oversight Committee chairman said Monday that the Trump administration will likely leave many executive branch positions vacant, because “they have no intention of funding those types of things.”

In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said that the Trump administration simply didn’t believe that many government functions, which would otherwise fall to currently vacant positions in the federal bureaucracy, were necessary.

“I think what you’re going to see, actually, long-term, is there’s a lot of them that they’re not going to fill because they have no intention of funding those types of things, particularly in the Department of Education,” he said.

“That whole process of all these thousands of appointments that need to go through the process and then the Senate confirmation process, this is a huge story,” Chaffetz continued. “But I know there are lots of agencies where they’re not going to put in specific people because they just don’t believe that that function should even be there.”

Chaffetz isn’t alone in that assessment of the Trump administration: President Donald Trump himself told “Fox and Friends” on Feb. 28 that there were hundreds of positions in government that he “didn’t want to fill.”

“A lot of those jobs, I don’t want to appoint someone because they’re unnecessary to have,” he said. “In government, we have too many people.”

The White House released a draft budget in mid-March that sketched dramatic cuts in various departments, including State, Education, and Housing and Urban Development.

And Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February that his goal in public service is the “deconstruction of the administrative state.”

“If you look at these Cabinet appointees, they were selected for a reason, and that is the deconstruction,” he said at the conference.

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