Report: Massive staffing cuts loom in Trump’s National Security Council
There is a very interesting backroom rumor starting to spread that some say is a direct result of the so-called “whistleblower” complaint. That rumor is that President Donald Trump is about to make some major staffing cuts.
Insiders are once again leaking information; this time, TIME magazine is reporting that massive staffing cuts to are about to become a reality at the National Security Council.
Preventing Another Whistleblower
The whistleblower that filed the complaint on Trump’s Ukraine call is believed to be a CIA officer who was assigned to the National Security Council (NSC).
The media got ahold of a report that Trump is about to make cuts to the department, so the rumors immediately started to fly that the cuts were a direct result of the complaint.
That, however, is not necessarily true. When Trump took office, he vowed to trim down excessive waste in governmental departments, and the NSC has been on that list for quite some time.
The NSC was originated under the Harry Truman administration in 1947 with a primary purpose of foreign policy advice. The team of advisers has been targeted by Congress for years.
In fact, Congress has repeatedly threatened to reduce the department or force the head of the council to be confirmed by the Senate. The department currently employs more than 300 people.
Plugging the Leaks
While the NSC is supposed to support the president, this department has been a bit of a thorn in the side of Trump. Many of the team members now are believed to be strong advocates of John Bolton, the former chief of the NSC.
While Trump and Bolton were jousting and even after Bolton had been terminated, many of the leaks coming out about the Trump administration are believed to have originated from the NSC. This has been a major problem for Trump, as his administration can arguably be called the most “leaky” administration in modern history.
After Bolton left, Robert O’Brien took over the agency, and he recently named Alex Gray as senior advisor and Matt Pottinger as deputy national security adviser.
All are considered to be Trump loyalists who have worked closely with the president on his efforts to get North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.
Now, in addition to those roles, they must now cut down the staff to both rid waste and disloyal members that are undermining this administration. This is a good move.