The Trump administration does not want most of the federal workers furloughed by the shutdown to return to their jobs, according to an anonymous “senior official in the Trump administration”.
The official wrote in a Daily Caller op-ed on Monday that the administration doesn’t require those employees to function properly, saying, “we are working better without them.”
While it’s unclear how “senior” this administration official is — many senior Trump officials are still being paid, while the author claims to be “one of the senior officials working without a paycheck” — the op-ed could offer a window into another goal of this shutdown, in addition to using federal workers’ paychecks as leverage in an attempt to extract border wall funds from Congress: starving the government.
The op-ed’s author wrote that “many federal agencies are now operating more effectively from the top down on a fraction of their workforce” and that “we do not want most employees to return, because we are working better without them.”
The author also said the partial shutdown — now past the three-week point with no end in sight — “is an opportunity to strip wasteful government agencies for good.”
“Now that we are shut down, not only are we identifying and eliminating much of the sabotage and waste, but we are finally working on the president’s agenda,” the official wrote, adding in conclusion: “Wasteful government agencies are fighting for relevance but they will lose. Now is the time to deliver historic change by cutting them down forever.”