JUST IN: Trump Plans to Fire FBI Director, CIA Director, and Defense Secretary if Re-Elected, Axios Reports
Oct 25th, 2020

If he wins re-election next month, President Donald Trump is planning a massive culling of some of his key appointees, says a new report by Axios’ Jonathan Swan and Alayna Treene. The heads lined up on the chopping block reportedly include FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper. Wray and Haspel are “despised and distrusted almost universally in Trump’s inner circle,” ... It is common for presidents who are re-elected for a second term to shuffle around some key officials and bring in new faces to help guide their agenda for their final years in office, but removing the heads of America’s main intelligence and security agencies all at the same time is raising eyebrows.

Trump has also expressed dissatisfaction with other top officials in his administration, including Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Bill Barr, although Axios’ sources said that he had not yet made any “formal plan” to fire them, and was focusing his ire on Wray, Haspel, and Esper. Wray refused to launch an investigation into Hunter Biden’s foreign business activities and testified in September that the FBI had not seen evidence of widespread fraud related to mail-in ballots, and Haspel has opposed efforts by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to declassify documents that Trump believes show how government officials “spied” on his campaign.

Anyone who does survive the pending November purge should expected even more "loyalty tests" moving forward, noted Axios, the culmination of ongoing efforts since February to drive out “Never Trumpers” and other insufficiently loyal bureaucrats. “We have no personnel announcements at this time nor would it be appropriate to speculate about changes after the election or in a 2nd term,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said to Axios.
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If He Wins Nov 3, Trump Plans to Fire FBI, CIA, Defense Heads