President Donald Trump has a list of top national security officials that he will fire should he be elected to a second term, according to a recent report from Axios.
Axios cited “two people who’ve discussed these officials’ fate with the president” as its sources.
Who’s on the list?
According to the report, among those who would not be joining Trump in a second term, should he be re-elected, are FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper. The Washington Post also reported that Trump has recently discussed firing Wray with White House advisers, according to The Hill.
“Wray and Haspel are despised and distrusted almost universally in Trump’s inner circle,” Axios reported. “He would have fired both already, one official said, if not for the political headaches of acting before Nov. 3.”
The fact that Wray may be on the chopping block is not surprising. The president has many reasons to be upset with Wray, the most recent of which is Wray’s refusal to open up an investigation into Hunter Biden’s foreign business connections following a bombshell report from New York Post.
With regard to Haspel, Trump has been upset about her refusal to declassify documents that would be helpful to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) investigation into the origins of the infamous Trump–Russia collusion investigation. But according to Axios, Haspel may already be planning to leave on her own accord.
The outlet cited a CIA source who said, “Since the beginning of DNI’s push to declassify documents, and how strongly she feels about protecting sources connected to those materials, there have been rumblings around the agency that the director plans to depart the CIA regardless of who wins the election.”
Finally, Trump’s displeasure with Esper reportedly followed the Defense secretary’s opposition to the idea of sending active-duty military into the streets to deal with violent protests over alleged police brutality.
In addition to all of this, the president has also recently indicated that Attorney General William Barr is on the hot seat.
In a recent interview with Newsmax, the president said he has “no comment” on whether Barr would continue as his attorney general into a second term. The president has been unhappy with Barr and the DOJ’s failure to deliver in its investigation of the Russian collusion investigation.
In short, it appears that if Trump is re-elected, we’re going to see a big shake-up of our country’s national security leaders. For now, though, the president is just focused on getting re-elected.
White House spokesman Judd Deere told Axios, “We have no personnel announcements at this time nor would it be appropriate to speculate about changes after the election or in a [second] term.”