Donald Trump aims to obliterate the deep state, drain the swamp, and starve warmongers, revealing his strategy to reduce government inefficiency, eradicate bureaucratic impact, and decrease military promotion.
He seeks to reinstate executive branch impoundment, requiring legal action to regain authority restricted since the 1974 Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act. Trump believes in the president’s constitutional authority to decline excess funds and combat corruption by implementing a civil service examination for federal staff.
The deep state refers to covert networks of power outside democratic institutions, alleged to control national policy. While its origins date back to the Ottoman Empire, the concept gained popularity in Turkey and the United States. Critics argue lack of evidence, but proponents cite historical events like Watergate.
Differentiating from bureaucratic inertia, the deep state operates independently, while non-elected officials influence policymaking due to expertise and continuity.