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Exclusive: Trump may seek law to purge Obama appointees

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>> A Reuters exclusive from the RNC revealing that if Donald Trump wins the presidency, he would seek to purge the federal government of officials appointed by President Obama. In an audio recording obtained by Reuters, New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, an ally of Trump, tells dozens of donors that Trump could ask Congress to pass legislation making it easier to fire public workers.
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>> We've got to immediately ask the Republican congress to change the civil service laws, because if they do then it will make it a lot easier for us to fire those people and as you know from his other career Donald likes to fire people.>> Christie, at the closed door meeting Tuesday, referring there to Trump's catchphrase, you're fired, on his reality show The Apprentice.
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Reuters reporter Emily Flitter broke the story.>> Christie described the desire that the transition team has to make a list ahead of time of all the people who could be converted from political appointees to civil servants. There was an attendee of this meeting, who said, I can think of a few people already, I can start to help you make this list.
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>> Trump's transition advisors fear that Obama may convert these appointees to civil servants, who have more job security than officials who have been politically appointed. Christie called it burrowing.>> And the Obama administration is taking every opportunity they can to take people who are political appointees and try to hide them inside the government to make sure that we don't know where they are and that they can obstruct President Trump's agenda.
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>> And how are government workers reacting to these plans?>> We heard today from the President of the Federal Association of Government Employees, that’s the union that represents federal government employees, and he said that while it’s a bad practice to convert political appointees to civil servants, he said that it’s something that’s corrupt and it promotes nepotism, and it’s just not a good thing to do.
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Changing the civil service laws to make it easier to fire people is not the answer.>> Reuters did not receive any comment from the Trump campaign.