JUST IN: Trump Plans to Fire FBI Director, CIA Director, and Defense Secretary if Re-Elected, Axios Reports
Added 10-25-20 07:34:02pm EST - “If he wins re-election next month, President Donald Trump is planning a massive firing, including the heads of the FBI, CIA, and Defense Dept.” - Mediaite.com
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If he wins re-election next month, President Donald Trump is planning a massive culling of some of his key appointees, says a new report by Axios’ Jonathan Swan and Alayna Treene.
The heads lined up on the metaphorical chopping block reportedly include FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
Two people who have discussed these officials’ fates with Trump were the sources for the story, and said that the president would have fired these officials already if not for what Axios described as the “political headaches” of doing so before the election.
Wray and Haspel are “despised and distrusted almost universally in Trump’s inner circle,” write Swan and Treene, and a victory on November 3rd would “embolden” Trump to purge anyone he views as disloyal, or who is unable or unwilling to execute his preferred policies.
It is common for presidents who are re-elected for a second term to shuffle around some key officials and bring in new faces to help guide their agenda for their final years in office, but removing the heads of America’s main intelligence and security agencies all at the same time is raising eyebrows.
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