President Donald Trump promised to reduce the size and spending of the federal government. In fulfilling that promise, Trump has suggested that he will probably not fill many federal vacancies, citing many of them as not necessary.
President Trump agrees the government glass is half empty. He just doesn’t necessarily mind it.
Trump, in an exclusive interview Tuesday with “Fox & Friends,” suggested his lack of political appointees is less about a difficulty in finding eager candidates and more about a desire for a leaner government operation.
“When I see a story about ‘Donald Trump didn’t fill hundreds and hundreds of jobs,’ it’s because, in many cases, we don’t want to fill those jobs,” Trump said.
Prior to taking office, stories abounded about the more than 600 unfilled senior appointments that Trump had yet to make. But the president on Tuesday seemed in no rush to bloat his staff, and, in fact, bragged of “cutting” positions.