Trump has not announced a 2024 presidential campaign yet, but multiple reports from within his inner circle suggest that it is not a matter of if, but when.
One of his plans for a second term, if he were to win, would be to finally drain the swamp, according to Axios.
A plan drafted by Trump’s team toward the end of his first term includes an executive order he signed called “Creating Schedule F in the Excepted Service,” which established a new employment category for federal employees.
President Joe Biden rescinded this order shortly after taking office.
“Schedule F” would allow Trump to reassign tens of thousands of civil servants with influence over policy as “Schedule F” employees. Upon reassignment, they would lose the government employment protections that make it extremely difficult to fire them.
“An initial estimate by the Trump official who came up with Schedule F found it could apply to as many as 50,000 federal workers—a fraction of a workforce of more than 2 million, but a segment with a profound role in shaping American life,” Axios reported.
This would allow Trump to fire career government officials who do not share his agenda, including woke military generals, bureaucrats and other government aides—all of whom actively worked against him during his first term.
This is a “top priority” for Trump, sources told Axios.
Trump is expected to make a 2024 announcement after the November midterms, but some close to the former president say he could announce as soon as Labor Day.
“My big decision will be whether I go before or after the midterms,” he said last week, noting that he’s “already made that decision.”