https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1085325275972489224?s=19President Trump on Monday shared an op-ed from a writer claiming to be an anonymous senior member of his administration who harshly criticizes federal workers as disloyal to the White House and worthy of losing their jobs.
The writer of the op-ed, published by conservative news site The Daily Caller, argues the partial government shutdown is an opportunity for Trump to greatly reduce the size of government.
"On an average day, roughly 15 percent of the employees around me are exceptional patriots serving their country. I wish I could give competitive salaries to them and no one else," the op-ed reads. "But 80 percent feel no pressure to produce results. If they don't feel like doing what they are told, they don't."
Later in the op-ed, the author states that the first goal of the shutdown should be to win better security particularly at the southern border. Uniformed border officials should be paid, but nonessential employees should be let go, the author writes.
Furloughed employees should find other work, never return and not be paid," the op-ed states.
The second goal should be finding savings for taxpayers, according to the op-ed.
If the shutdown is just about "rhetorical bickering," it is a loss, the author states. "But if it proves that government is better when smaller, focusing only on essential functions that serve Americans, then President Trump will achieve something great that Reagan was only bold enough to dream."
Trump shared the op-ed on Tuesday, a day after it was published by The Daily Caller, by retweeting a tweet by his son, Donald Trump, Jr.
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