A Politico piece this week described the influence a Heritage report is having in Donald Trump’s plans to restructure the state department.

Conversations with more than a dozen people in and outside of State who are involved in or monitoring the administration’s plans suggest some broad outlines are emerging about State’s future, including from proposed budget cuts accepted by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and from a 2016 Heritage Foundation report that laid out some dramatic ways to reshape the department.

Various stakeholders nearly all mentioned the 2016 report by the Heritage Foundation’s Brett Schaefer. A former senior State Department official said Trump transition aides were “enamored” of the report and took it into meetings.

You are making this impact possible.

Thank you.

You can read the full Heritage report to see what changes should be made in the State Department.

Do you believe President Trump is doing a good job restructuring federal agencies to make them more streamlined and cost-effective? Why or why not?

 

Comments (124)

Mike Brrierley - April 15, 2017

There is a lot of fat in most departments and there needs to be a policey to rid of personel that are not needed any more.

Michael M Gorman - April 15, 2017

Business Information Systems within the Federal Government are deplorable. They almost always fail because they do not meet requirements, deadlines, and have massive cost overruns. There are solutions but the Federal Government has to step up to the plate and NOT ignore problems and solutions. Example: Boston Marathon Bombing might have been prevented except for the failure of SEVIS II.

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Martha Macdonald - April 15, 2017

Yes, I believe the Federal Government is bloated and in need of streamlining. Regulations are killing business and jobs. we can save money on paring down the agencies and spend it in restoring the equipment of our military and bringing down the debt.

Ernest Street - April 15, 2017

I am disappointed in the lack of progress restructuring the IRS. Specifically, I do not understand why the despicable John Koskinen is still there. He should be in prison!

Barbara V. Caira - April 15, 2017

Up to now he has done what he said to do, of course he doesn’t have any help from the demorats and I wish he would give the seniors an increase in our Social Security because the cost of living went so much up and foe several years we haven’t got any increase in our S.S and this is hard, I’m still have to make it with my $860.00 income from S.S and that is all I have to live on, I believe that the Politicians should try to live on such little money too

Dahn Carey - April 15, 2017

Im so thankful steps are being taken to restructure departments. Every hardworking household has to operate their finances wisely or face financial ruin. The same must be applied to hoe government is operated. I’ve heard too many stories of waste and fraud and mismanagement that ends up being spent on “who knows what”. I’m very thankful President Trump is on board with demolishing the golden calf which steals tax payers hard earned money.

George Lindh Jr - April 15, 2017

I prayerrfully await results of discussions! God speed!

Barbara V. Caira - April 15, 2017

I think that he try to do what he can

ICE Denis Wienhoff - April 15, 2017

Yes. Yet the reality is a steady process.

Stan - April 15, 2017

Americans deserve the fruits of the cuts that President Trump will make to the bloated Federal Agencies with their duplicite and over paid positions.

Injecting those Federal expenditures back into the Private Sector can only benefit a Capitalist working class.

Bravo to smaller Government and WE the people, Citizens of the United States of America.

Good Day !!

Bettie - April 15, 2017

POTUS should not have his daughter acting as the First Lady. Also have Seasoned Conservative advisers and not so many wall streeters.

Maria Antonia Gandia - April 15, 2017

The government is big enough. What we need is a more efficient one. There is a lot of waste.

David - April 15, 2017

I think that he is trying to streamline the federal government, but there are so many roadblocks. Democrats and Republicans; liberals and conservatives. Special interests and lobbyists need to go. Although the Heritage fits into this broad category, I support it because it agrees with my thinking and represents the majority, sensible position.

Todd Givens - April 15, 2017

“Draining the Swamp” will be an arduous task. The task must be accomplished quickly since there may only be two years where the Senate is in control of the Republicans.

David Humphries - April 15, 2017

Yes, i think this a monumental task but it needs to be done. There a lot of Federal agencies that are redundant because every state already has these agencies such as DHH, EPA, FDA, DEA, and tax agencies. As far as I am concerned, these Federal agencies have way too much power with no oversight and need to be pared down or eliminated

Bill Fultln - April 15, 2017

Not yet. First priority should be to focus immediately on staffing agencies with his people and getting rid of lifetime liberal bureaucrats who will undermine his every effort to restructure federal agencies.
I do not understand why the delays when he has a GOP house and senate.
Bill Fulton

Wendie Black - April 15, 2017

I’m still watching to ensue Trump isn’t a Trojan horse. Good changes have occurred, but government has no business in my healthcare. Not in the constitution. Time to eliminate IRS and finance government as intended in the constitution. On the fence waiting.

Gordon T. Ray - April 15, 2017

I believe President is on right track reducing head count & redefining responsibilities.

Chan Bailey - April 15, 2017

While it’s too early to judge the results I believe he has made a great start in doing what he can without much help from congress.

Arthur Naujock - April 15, 2017

It is taking President Trump way to long to fill all of the department heads; these positions and departments may not be essential for the government to operate, so, why not just do away with them and reduce the cost of government?

Jeanne Garcia - April 15, 2017

Trump is headed in the right direction. He could accomplish more and faster if the Democratic party would work with him instead of putting road blocks up. There’s much scrutiny and defining the duties to determine whether or not to keep or disband duplication of duties.

Robert S. Licata - April 15, 2017

You bet I do!
Trump has seen the light of day long ago and is acting in concert with his good conscience. Keep it up and we will have a much less bloated government and many, many less brainless bureaucrats!

Jim Richardson, Ph.D. - April 15, 2017

Our LORD would have a struggle trying to govern a split-ideology country that has revenge issues over the next 4 years. Under these conditions…. President Trump should be honnered for his tanacity and drive.

Shorty Feldbush - April 15, 2017

Among those agencies being cut I would hope to see more about substantial savings from the Dept. of Education.

William Layton - April 15, 2017

I heartily agree with Messrs. Givens and Humphries that “draining the swamp” will be an arduous and monumental task, but I do not concur that it can be accomplished quickly or by the thousands of incumbents who perform the unnecessary and duplicated tasks. I have read the entire Heritage report, and I commend the authors. It is thorough and detailed, although more general than specific in certain areas.. However, I do not believe taxpayers can trust the insiders to be objective and do what is necessary with cutbacks. There needs to be an independent, non-partisan commission appointed, and detailed analyses done following the Heritage outline but drilling down much deeper. Rather than taking years to measure individual competencies, the wholesale elimination of departments and sub-departments is probably the only practical solution. And doing so will be highly controversial.

El Truex - April 15, 2017

yes! It is very important to ballance the budget and that is going to require many cuts that will hurt including Medicare that will effect me. God Bless your efforts!

Mrs. Phyllis Eix - April 15, 2017

I think it is an imperative part of streamlining the government which has become bloated with too many Bureaucrats and overlapping missions. I have confidence in the Heritage Foundation’s plan to reduce the size of our government, and would like to see it put to work.

David Aanerud - April 15, 2017

Trump needs to align with the Freedom Caucus.
The establishment Republicans are opposed to Trump.

Mrs. Robyn Schmalz - April 15, 2017

The State Dept and Homeland Security need to be drained of the obama radical influences. Those two agencies have been nothing but U.N. muslim puppets over the last 8 years. My husband and I don’t trust either one. Also, why isn’t Ms. Devoe of the Dept of Ed listening to Americans–no more Islam teaching in the public schools under the Commom Core guise of World Religion. She needs to clean her ears or get out.

Mike Mallinger - April 15, 2017

Long overdue!

Carol Achord - April 15, 2017

Hard to answer at this point. Lots of directives. Realize it will take a while, but need to see results. Until then, hard for me to say.

John C. Davidson - April 15, 2017

The increase in the size of the Federal Government has giving most state agencies an excuse not to perform effectively also.

Stanley Tate - April 15, 2017

Pres Trump ‘s efforts and accomplishments are great, his views, sense of right, reactions are an exact copy of my own. Thank you, Mr. President for acting as I would. As you crank up the economy engine, make sure it cranks down this incredible debt of Obama. Thank you!

Ann DeBaufre - April 15, 2017

Yes, I have great confidence in the presidents plans and actions thus far. Any business owner knows you have to protect the chicken coop from the fox.

Govt is bloated beyond belief with Billions of $ wasted. Agencies have far too many layers with far too much duplicity. He must be absolutely appalled by the enormous amount of waste.

But there is 1 very important issue…his travel expense to Fla??? This is Not Trump like and he needs to address this issue, justify it or Stop..it’s an eye opener.

Linda Gibney - April 15, 2017

Since he is being hit by both sides and the media does not support him I think he is. If he cuts 10% from every department and agency every year it will help. Once tax reform is done with we the people in mind we can gut the IRS. Close the department of education and start sending things back to the states. I see hope for the first time in over 8 years. Oh and have I mentioned term limits?

Lenny - April 15, 2017

yes I do believe President Trump is doing a good job, but not any where as deep as needed in these very bloated agencies.
Nothing gets done, because there are too many persons attempting to do the same job to justify having a job, so what happens?? no one does any work…
I know in my heart that “state” as well as all the other agencies can do with 1/3 or even 1/4 of what they have now. Then the work load would be appropriate for the amount of people. They would have to do their job. I know that is an awesome concept unnatural to many in these agencies!
So, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE….CUT CUT CUT personnel.

Boothe Willis - April 15, 2017

Trump has failed to do the first thing a new president MUST do — fill up his 500+ senior policy positions around the government. He cannot drain the swamp without organizing his team first. Instead, he hastily fired off a flawed travel ban and a flawed health care bill. Meanwhile, he has allowed chaos to reign in the White House with Bannon vs. the moderates (Kushner, Cohn, etc.).
Of course, people forget that FDR did the same thing as he sought to revolutionize the country to his leftist approach.
Now Trump is doing the same with a rightist approach, but without any obvious semblance of a consistent, organizing plan.
So, Trump’s approach is not working yet. Remember, most of FDR’s schemes were unconstitutional. That won’t happen now, with Gorsuch, but Trump is, in many ways, creating the same sort of creative chaos that FDR did.
He MUST focus on building his team, many of whom may support most of his policy, even though they won’s pass Steve Bannon’s litmus test.
On this basis, his bombing in Syria may turn out to be a serious mistake, unless he quickly develops a strategy for removing the Assad government.
And his tweeting is silly & sophomoric, especially as he must reverse himself so often. Will he ever behave like the conservative statesman we want? Probably not, and that means he’ll be gone after one term. His ego vs.. the world . . . he has met his match.

Elizabeth & Lowell Hammer - April 15, 2017

Our new President is pressing forward steadily despite enormous obstacles. He
can be congratulated for his many accomplishments in less than 100 days,
and encouraged for further successes.

Frank W. Riegert - April 15, 2017

The State Dept. has become very political and needs to changed to where they only enforce the laws as Congress has written them.

Joseph R Galaske - April 15, 2017

Weed out the “Deep State folks before they do futher damage. Trump is doing an aw e some job.

James. Mullins. Sr - April 15, 2017

I think the Pesident is doing well. He is relying on his people to give him advice & I am confident in his managerial ability to listen, ask the good questions & make good decisions. He needs time, this is only the 11th week, what do expect.

Ed Jonson - April 15, 2017

The President has made a good start in the regulatory area. So far it’s mostly talk about reorganizing and controlling cost. He needs to get a boat load of appointees in place following up on the intention. I’m hopeful that this happens soon.

Tom Lanners - April 15, 2017

Just the fact that President Trump is setting forth
plans to streamline Agencies, and Departments,
is progress. It will be fought by the Establishment,
the Democrats, the bureaucracy, and the media.
God Bless him for trying, time will tell how successful his attempt at draining the swamp
turns out.
It is a HUGE plus that he is availing himself of the Heritage Foundation, and the expertise they bring to solving problems.

Bob - April 15, 2017

President Trump is doing an excellent job. Having read The Agenda by Horowitz (and agreeing with his analysis) I believe Trump is right on track. Our country needs to give him our full support.

Richard Watson - April 15, 2017

I like what Pres. Trump is doing in that he is not reluctant about offending the offenders,
i.e. those who won’t change those items that will improve our overall condition as a country. And there is still no free lunch!

Robert Wahl - April 15, 2017

Yes, it is encouraging that the Trump admin is utilizing more of the Heritage conservative ideals and actually using some of your personnel in their administration.

Al Wunsch - April 15, 2017

Pres Trump is doing an excellent job but hampered significantly by the lack of democrat support, some of the republicans and the slow process in congress to give him the personnel he needs. As for State, it needs a house cleaning I was hoping Geo Bush’s SecStates would do so but nothing seemed to change. Coordination with the Pres’s vision and with other departments such as SecDef where appropriate have never been good. Serious personnel cuts will help to get rid of some of the fat but it needs a new structure internally and a defined place in high level planning and strategy if they are to do their part. Two continual problem area with defense are defense of the embassies and coordination with defense – the latter where actions can be planned to discourage a particular country’s will to fight along with planned military action.

CSalt - April 15, 2017

I believe President Trump is doing a great job in cutting the budget and cutting waste from Federal agencies. More needs to be done, weeding out the waste and redundant committees and projects, but he has made a wonderful start. The country has a long way to go with Mr. Trump in draining the swamp and cutting the fat. Keep up the good work!

Benjamin Blumberg - April 15, 2017

I think he is just beginning to make an impact. But he will be plagued by liberal holdovers at all levels, until he can identify them and root them out. I have suggested that he lease a large office building in Fairbanks, Alaska, to send all liberal bureaucrats who cannot be fired due to Union rules. He must not stop until he has reduced the number of Federal Bureaucrats by at least 1/3. I think also that he should finally honor the lessons of Prohibition, and legalize and TAX the hell out of ALL Drugs, recreational or medical. In doing so he can eliminate ATF and DEA, and fold the remaining few good agents into the FBI where they should have been in the first place. He should also close down HEW, assign its functions to the States, where they should have been all along, and send the holdout employees to Fairbanks. And tell POTUS to stand firm in his refutation of “preserving” the earth and stopping climate change. It is and will be forever true that 99% of the Earth’s heat flux comes from solar irradiation and volcanism, no matter what we do, and that the Atmosphere will just have to put up with the fact that we breathe air, use up oxygen and emit carbon dioxide.

Otis Hindbaugh - April 15, 2017

Yes I believe that president Trump is doing the very thing we elected him to do!!! I am so glad at this point in time to have played a small part in helping change our world with my vote!!!
Thank you Mr. President Trump and staff you are doing an excellent job !!
A very big thank you to The Heritage Foundation for all that you do as well you have help change our Country in extraordinary ways!!!
Sincerely, OTIS

Anthony Perez - April 15, 2017

I believe that ALL departments in the Federal Government need to be streamlined. There seems to be WAY too much waste, fraud and red tape. I could go on and on but will stop there because it would too voluminous.

Paul D’Aigle - April 15, 2017

With good intentions he has gotten some good things accomplished. But, with good intentions, he needs to be more aware of the political process and with the relationships he garners. Never having been a politicians before, he is doing remarkably well, all considered.

Lloyd Monk - April 15, 2017

i think he is doing a good job. as a retired army enlisted i know we need to tmprove al military services. making us safe in our homes is a paramount importance for a president and congress. if congress does not support our president, then quite a few will be looking for a new job come jan 2017

Jerry Metcalf - April 15, 2017

I am waiting to see some results.

Dave Katzer - April 15, 2017

Mr Trump must also deal with his own party as well as the liberals. The Republicans must get all together. We know all too well that a house divided against itself can NOT stand. We elected a lot of these folks on their promise to repeal the PACA. But we have not seen that in eight years and now that the conservatives are in a majority, it still needs to be done. I’m sure he can do it but all will need to work with him and each other. God bless America!

Ken - April 15, 2017

Sec. Tillerson comes from the “dreaded” oil industry and very familiar with “Reorgs”, short for “Reorganizations”. Employee cuts are based strictly on responsibility overlaps and individual performance ratings. Only those departments considered to be “core” to the overall business plan are kept and those higher performing employees who survived the cuts are repositioned throughout the core departments, usually with added job responsibilities. The Unions squeeled to high heaven until they understood the potential result of not cooperating with the reorg or restructuring of the company. Reorgs actually started during the 85/86 oil bust and only the stronger companies survived. I personally survived three major Reorgs during my 30 yr career. They go very, very deep and are very, very bloody! Each employee understood their individual contribution to the overall success of the company. If Sec Tillerson is allowed to reorg the State Dept as he sees fit, you will be surprised as to how quickly this can be accomplished. The EPA, the IRS and the Education Dept should be next on the list. The initial Reorgs are not perfect, mistakes are made, and some tweeking of the “NEW” organization will be necessary. With the combining reduction of Mgmt levels from bottom to top, these corrections are made faster and more cost effective.

Tom Lowrie - April 15, 2017

Yes, he is. The Federal government is so far outside the limits of the constitution it makes me wonder how much one term will be able to fix. Start now to get Trump elected in 2020.Tom Lowrie

charles e Vaaler - April 15, 2017

Disappointed that the complete repeal of Obamacare hasn’t happened with all it’s insidious taxes and mandates. Also disappointed that more of Obama’s appointees have not been removed from the bureaucracy especially in State and Justice depts. Food stamps need to be restricted to those who truly would starve without them and then used only for their intended purpose. Planned parenthood must be defunded. This is not a government
responsibility.

G. Allan Barnes - April 15, 2017

He’s headed in the right direction, however, he should reduce all agencies at least 10% for now, until a review can determine further reductions. Eliminate EPA, depart. Ed, IRS, import/export bank, Homeland Security, (that should be FBI’S job), NSA, and speaking of NSA, reduce number of spy agencies by cutting and adding job elements to remaining agencies. On the EPA, he should cut those with encrypted apps (at least 800) of 15,000) for now. He really needs to weed out Obama hold overs like Koskinen and all others.

JOANNA EVERETT - April 15, 2017

yes.HE IS DOING WHAT IS VERY MUCH NEEDED.

Eleanor Fox - April 15, 2017

I think he has made a good start. Now he has to get through the budgeting process to cut departmental budgets. He also might need to have congressional approval to lay off staffing. I think he may have a problem with Paul Ryan in these areas.

John C. (Jay) Adams - April 15, 2017

Too slow. Need to move on quickly

Janice Evans - April 15, 2017

It’s a bit too early to really judge, but he has started down the right path. The problem with “the swamp” is not necessarily the elected, but the bureaucrats! Many are entrenched because they have a lifetime job whether they do it well or not!

Tom Adams - April 15, 2017

I have a couple ideas re “The Budget”;
1.Seems noone (after the fact) knows “where” money went ! SO, why not the the last person responsible (even starting with Cabinet position) sign for it and, as sums are allotted to others down the line, last person signs! This, at least, tells us who to see,and maybe, verify and/or get some back? This may sound impossible (since 1st signing would be for millions) but would work!
Example; Medicare/CPMC- Ever try to find out “who” last put in the “outrageous” billed/cost figures? Can’t be done!
The whole Govm’t must get back to “Framers” intent! Amazingly, the Constitution does cover almost everything! Most ignored – IF NOT SPECIFICALLY STATED AS RESPONSIBILITY OF FEDERAL GOVM”T, IT FALLS TO THE STATE !!!!
TRUMP IS DOING EXACTLY WHAT HE SAID HE”D DO! GREAT !

Malcolm Harbison - April 15, 2017

Rome wasn’t built in a day. President Trump has a long battle and must stay on course and on message over time. Great start!

Doug Going - April 15, 2017

Thank God President is giving ear to Heritage Foundation!!

Hank Raehn - April 15, 2017

It seems to me that he is trying hard to do so, but I believe it is too soon to tell whether he will be effective in significantly reducing the size of the federal government in the executive branch. I sure hope he succeeds! Wouldn’t it be great if the Republicans in Congress would support his efforts?

Ralph Morrison - April 15, 2017

Thank you Heritage for providing solutions to “drain the swamp” of empty promises and failed policies. Your solutions need to be implemented fast and furiously while conservatives still have the ear of the president and controll of both houses of congress. Push needs to be as hard if not harder than when Obamacare passed by democrats. They can read everything it changes after we pass it this time.

William Kokes - April 15, 2017

President Trump has implied his intentions but so far I have heard nothing about actual
accomplishments. I hope he eliminates at least 3 Departments and cuts others back it back by 15 to 40%. It will require them to substantiate their need for more funds and justify how, why & where these funds are required in order to get some funds restored. Drain the Establishment.

Marty Ellis - April 15, 2017

I Believe He Is Trying To Do The Things He Promised and Set Out To Do… I Think IF HE Cannot… NOBODY CAN… We Are Doomed… :(( But, Also, I Think He “Trusts” The Worng People… Paul Ryan and The RINOS… Do Not Want Change… They Have Their “Cozy” Little Situation… They Like The Status Quo… They Are Beholding To The Lobbyists and The Chamber Of Commerce… These Are All Entities, I Used To Agressively Support… Until Trump Came Along and Opened My Eyes To The Fact… The Republicans Really Are Not Much Different Than The Democrats… The Consrvative Caucas In My Opinion, Was Grossly Malinged In The Repeal and Replace Fiasco… I KNOW I Heard On FOX Business… They Were Leaving The Additional Medicare 1% Increase From 1.6% to 2.6% Under Obamacare Medicaid Tax In Their Bill… So… I AM SURE AS HEAVEN… They Also, Did Not REPEAL THe 3% Real Estate Transfer Tax, That Was Implemented With Obama Care Too… ??? Not Heard Anybody Mention That… Just DOUBT They Did Away With That Winfall/Landgrab Of A Bundle Of Revenue Coing Into DC. If They Did Not Even Get Rid Of The 1% Increase In Medicaid… Sadly, Most People In America Are Too Ill Informed and Stupid To Ever Know What Is In All The Bills… Sadly…

Jean Barnes - April 15, 2017

I really haven’t heard much on restructuring. I do remember that Home Land Security was developed to combine the other security organizations under one. Now we have another secret security agency spying on citizens… Nothing said on getting rid of the IRS. No luck with getting the government out of health care. The Dems want a government health care. Trumps people do not want that. Get rid of the Obama globalists that are deep inside government. Yes, I Love President Trump and I do believe he is doing and will do what he said. I’ve just never been very patient!

Steven Guzauskis - April 15, 2017

With all the foreign policy, military action ias well as nformation open source on going controversy regarding intelligence access to inappropriate. Government officials.
It is hoped that new restrains on the appointed “4th branch” of Government is underway with the Trump Administration. However have not seen any new action in past three weeks.

Andy Lawson - April 15, 2017

I think that President Trump is attempting and accomplishing the task of converting himself into a useful political/businessman that can be used in reshaping the tremendous giant of demobilization it has become. we have agencies that counter each other and agencies that have long since outlived their usefulness. In this tremendous effort, President Trump is wisely admitting his inability to be able to blaze the trail but is seeking help in his decision making process. He is wisely using the conservative think tank of Heritage Foundation for some of his fundamental decisions. There is no way to predict the correctness of this plan but at least it is following sound fact and proven methods of reducing the size of the Government. Until this is don, the budget can not be balanced and little can be done to reduce our national debt.

Sandra Aleman - April 15, 2017

I thin he is making a start, and he probably needs more presidential experience under his belt before he attempts to eliminate agencies or many programs, but I believe some agencies, such as education, should eventually go. PBS needs to become self-supporting; agricultural subsidies and other corporate welfare programs need to go.

George Gragg - April 15, 2017

A GOOD JOB would be to analyse every Federal agency and and all of its parts with the following criteria.
1. Does the agency perform functions that are among the few authorized by the Constitution for the federal government?
2. Could the agency funtions be handled better at the state or local level?
3. Does a cost/benefit analysis show a net benefit for us tax payers?
In Washington, such logical action is not going to happen but I give the Adminstration kudos for trying.

Trump’s biggest problem is not Democrat Liberals nor the Mainstream Media. The big problem is the 2 million plus employees in the federal bureaucracy. I expect that at least some of them are smart enough to know that should the above occur, probably at least 50% of them are out of their cushy job. They will fight tooth and nail with all the dirty tricks available to save their job.

Ken Nelson - April 15, 2017

Because our federal government has been allowed to become such a huge monstrosity, I am overwhelmed by the whole thing and totally unable to wrap my arms around the matter to give you any kind of a sensible answer. I’m sorry I have to give you this answer but this is the reason why I am fighting for smaller government.

Dr. Arthur Brown - April 15, 2017

Elimination/downsizing of the “deep” state, particularly by eliminating unelected employees regulatory power is of the highest priority in reducing the scope of the government. This, I understand, is what President Trump has instructed his appointees to do. It’s a start. Employees that cannot be fired will surely be inefficient and lazy.

Piet - April 15, 2017

Many of us voted for Mr. Trump because of who he is and that he’s called by God, not just so what’s-her-name wouldn’t get in to continue to destroy America. My expectations for President Trump are so high that it’s hard for him to live up to them! I can barely imagine the challenges. Yet, he continues to do well indeed! He must forcefully protect us from enemies foreign and domestic, cut costs by cutting government, and assure the freedom that our founders dreamed of. Please join in prayer for him, and for those Progressive Republicans who are still learning how to appreciate and work within our brilliant American Constitution.

Miriam Nestler - April 15, 2017

Well, I hope so, but I’m very uncomfortable about the deep state and all the leftover Obama people. I realize it’s difficult to find the traitors…how do you sort the good from the bad until you know them better? I am also very disturbed by the number of Dems in the administration, starting with Jared Kushner and his wife. Blood is thicker than water, I know. What about Steve Bannon? He needs to be listened to, and I told the White House exactly that. Also, The Freedom Caucus! They and Bannon represent those of us out here who voted for Mr. Trump! I guess we aren’t used to a President who is not an ideologue, not a politician, but a pragmatist. We pray for Mr. Trump every day.

Richard Buchanan - April 15, 2017

In the famous words of Karen Carpenter “We’ve Only Just Begun”! Give the Trumpeteers some time, for crying out loud. It took the Obamaites eight years to produce the chaotic monstrosity so don’t expect even ‘The Donald’ to fix it in less than six months!!!

Donald Waggener - April 15, 2017

I believe that this question is a little premature. The words are in-line with a smaller more efficient government, but what are the bottom line results? To be considered successful we need to see the improvements realized once and projected going forward.

Paul McDonald - April 15, 2017

It is still too early to tell his impact but his heart is in the right place. Instant fixes never work. Persistence, patience and honestly work. He needs to stay the course. I support President Trump. Finally, people appointed because they are talented, not dogmatic or fulfilling an agenda.

Alan Richardson - April 15, 2017

Yes I think President Trump is doing a terrific job. Just the fact that he is approaching the streamlining of the government from the perspective of a business man, not a politician gives me great hope that it might really be accomplished.

Clarence Rout - April 15, 2017

The President is on the right track the in trenched people are going to fight him to the end. Every agency should have to due zero base budget every year. Should only fund what is a government function.l

Gail - April 15, 2017

President Trump should review the following: Many agencies are continually funded, even though the laws that approved the funding have expired. Those agencies should be reviewed and some disbanded, since the appropriations aren’t valid. I just hope Republicans support our POTUS 100%, otherwise vote them out.

Joanne Dryden-Lee - April 15, 2017

I am very pleased and happy with
Pres. Trumps progress and decisions. I also live on $700 social security, and feel everyone
Should help deal with our economy. And get our country out of debt.

Joanne Dryden-Lee - April 15, 2017

Yes

Irma G - April 16, 2017

WE the PEOPLE need to support President Trump by voting OUT those (no matter which party or position) who are not supporting him. Whether actively or covertly, passively or aggressively, WE need to do likewise. THAT is how we drain the swamp and have this president’s back!

Rob Brodie - April 16, 2017

Off to a great start. Need to completely eliminate several more agencies though.

Sinclair Doggett - April 16, 2017

He is trying his best but with total resistance from the Democrats it is very hard but I think we all support his efforts and need to send the message that we are behind and to keep on with his efforts. Polls are taken in popular areas and not in the distant counties that elected him so quoting them is really not representative of the people at large and should not carry much weight. He has found the swamp has turned into a garbage pit! Keep up the good work!!

Jane - April 16, 2017

Generally, I am pleased. He’s doing very well against strong headwinds, without a full team yet on board. But I believe he needs to instruct his A.G. and Secy of State to do MUCH MORE Draining the Swamp. The so-called Civil Rights Division of the DOJ should be cleaned out quickly. And State’s decision to take in 900 more barely-U.N.-vetted refugees per moth plus the rejects from Australia is very dangerous. He needs to set a Refugee Cap at 35,000 per year maximum. Right now we are exceeding the rate which President Obama had set! President Trump can and should set a new cap now.

Albert (Alberto) Castro Jr - April 16, 2017

President Trump’s restructuring of federal agencies seem like he is off to a good start. I’ll wait to see more, before I pass judgment.

Val McClure - April 16, 2017

Pres, Trump is right on schedule, but with a Congress doing everything they can to hold him up, it’s going to be a long drag.Now we need to take a look at “The Fair Tax Plan”. This is not “Flat Tax” it is a consumer tax where you pay Federal Tax as you make any purchase. No IRS – No April 15th – No massive tax forms.

Steve Heckman - April 16, 2017

I think he should loudly promote that Congress fall under the same insurance and social security benefits as all citizens.
No more special pensions or special insurance coverage. He should also call for term limits in Congress like we have for the President.

Pat - April 16, 2017

I am grateful that President Trump wants to streamline govt. agencies. Let the ‘draining’ proceed. Cutting harmful spending and harmful people will help toward healing our nation. I just hope and pray our side always operates justly and not fall into any traps of deception.

Robert Mathews - April 16, 2017

It is easier to spend other people’s money than one’s own. No one spends it better than politicians. Huge cuts in every department would make government more efficient. Employee unions need to go also.

Sharon Pelletier - April 16, 2017

Well, it depends on us, the American people, as how we obtain our information. Do we scan documents from the media or do we delve into serious, truthful blogs and/or writings from non-partial commentators. I believe that Trump recognized very early in the game that the bureaucracy is absurd and that ‘We the People’ need a clean slate to better run the economics of this country. He’ll accomplish this task because he truly wants to have America be great again.

Marge Palermo - April 16, 2017

I think the President is doing a great job considering it has been an up hill task for him. He has a monumental job and the Democrats are doing all they can to stop him. The government is overdue for, and really needs a huge trimming. The bureaucrats and redundancies are a huge waste of taxpayer dollars and are totally inefficient. Streamlining will get us a better working, less costly government. Go for it, Mr. President!

Charles Fickling - April 16, 2017

I think He is doing a much better job than any politician could. If you give a politician money with little restraints 9 times out of 10 he will not spend it on anything useful.
Washington is riddled with bureaucratic obesity with acres of office space being used to do nothing.
Cut the pay check for Congress in half and give them more time off.

Jan Hensen - April 16, 2017

I believe that President Trump is working very hard on all his campaign promises (no thanks to Congress).
He really needs to streamline all agencies except military and defense plus catch the fraudulent program suckers who are draining us dry. And that’s not just the illegal immigrants I am talking about. Medicaid, medicare, federal housing programs and so many other areas need to be policed. Too, congress should NOT get an income for life!!! They already get a whole lot of of benefits that put them over the top of Joe Citizen’s!! Not to mention all their vacation time!

James Lawson Maj. USAF Retired - April 16, 2017

I’m 81 years old and this country has never had a president that communicates with the voters daily since he took office. I praise God for what this man is doing.

Carolyn Faye Piroutek - April 16, 2017

Trump is doing an awesome job. He exhibits non-stop energy to do the guard our rights as citizens and protect us at home and abroad. Thank you, to President, Donald J. Trump!!!!!

Lucy A. Combs - April 16, 2017

With the load he took from the previous leader I feel he is getting a new game to play each day he wakes up. The Congress who have the elephant as their logo? are dragging their feet to defeat the Obama health care plan Create a new one that meets the needs of all working class people and the Senior’s are also under hardships after the law of the good old Medicare tax under President Johnson of which I as an employee at that time rebelled to sign up for the new tax but was told I could not rebel, I stated we should have the freedom of choice with reasonable choices

Helen - April 16, 2017

President Trump has impressed me with his constant energy and excitement in improving our Federal Government. I do have a concern that I would like to express. I am concern about the ingredients listed on food products. We have children in our family that have special needs and their parents need to know, especially no GMOs.

Nancy Shaffer - April 16, 2017

I’m very pleased with his attempt to meet the demands of his campaign promises. I believe he’s handling the budget in due order and has surrounded himself with knowledgeable advisors for assessing the current spending and determining the future needs. Praise God, they seek His will and direction too.

Mac - April 16, 2017

President Trump will not be able to really restructure the gov. until he can terminate the ‘homesteaders’ that are in grained in government and will try to ambush his term

Mary Szullo - April 16, 2017

Love all the new President is doing! He is a problem solver & brilliant with his response and knowledge of business and the world. Hope he will be able to cut the excess from governmental agencies1

R A Fisher - April 17, 2017

Trump is doing a great job but has just gotten off the start line. Gov’t agencies do need downsizing. For years, the response to problems has been more money, more people. Private business cannot operate that way and the gov’t should. Streamlining is the answer and will also save taxpayer $$.

John White - April 17, 2017

Yes. My belief is based on the conservative individuals with whom he is building his support group. I believe there is much being done to shrink the size of the federal government that is not reaching the mainstream media. Reducing the budgets and refocusing the agendas of federal agencies may, quickly, increase their cost effectiveness!

Irving Mason - April 17, 2017

I believe that the establishment are stopping or heavily influencing the direction Donald Trump is taking he’s a winner he likes to win at any cost. There are progressives Progressive light Republicans… rhinos… Coupled with the media trying to shape the direction we’re going in and continue steering our country in the direction they want against the will of the people

James Ross - April 17, 2017

Trump is trying to accomplish everything he said he’d do. The Republican Party leadership needs to do a better job than it is doing in following his lead. He needs to stay on course with draining the swamp. Slash and burn the federal bureaucracy.

Guy Fish - April 17, 2017

yes he is, but i think some in the the house and senate are getting his way.

Thomas Bernard - April 17, 2017

No, because so far it has been all talk and congress has not followed through with anything. Additionally, while I like his “idea” about cutting some departments budget and expecting them to make that up (at least in part) through better management. I believe the same is true of the Defense department where instead of an increase he could have held them steady and asked them to find savings through better management, in essence, getting an increase.

sandra rueger - April 17, 2017

yes, it is about time someone stands up.I think he is positively great. The politicians and their gophers won’t do what they are suppose to do. There are to many people in the departments that are getting checks, and just because they can say they work in the any of the depts They think they are owed. I am truly sick of it. Get rid of them.

Gerry DeYoung - April 17, 2017

The self serving mentality of our elected “representatives”(?) in both parties runs so deep, as is evidenced by their vehement and shameful opposition to the will the electorate as regards to OUR newly elected president, that their opposition to his every move is nauseatingly odious. CLEAN THE SWAMP and DUMP THE TRASH!

Reba Elliott - April 18, 2017

I do believe President Trump is doing a good job with restructuring. I especially think the reduction of All agencies is issential. I am a retired fed. employee and worked for DOD when we were understaffed. Since I retired in 2000, the agencies I worked for have more than doubled in employees. Cut back.

M Masters - April 18, 2017

I have great hope that he is headed in the right direction.

Diana Jackson - April 20, 2017

Yes, President is doing a GREAT JOB…cutting regulations and upholding the laws of our land. NO FEAR.

Doris Smeby - April 20, 2017

Drain the swamp.
Build the Wall
Flat Tax
Repeal Obama-Care- Managed Care
Term Limits

Michael Thomas Badeau - April 21, 2017

Hi Folks,

I am making a short comment on here after listening to so many Christians, JBL members and even Heritage members whine whine and whine some more about how President Trump is failing.

Wow just a month ago everyone was happy with the following;

http://watchdog.org/289947/289947/

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/23/donald-trump-first-orders-trans-pacific-partnership-tpp

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/mar/8/illegal-immigration-plummets-trump-inauguration/

Now about that bombing of the airstrip in Syria? Many like myself believe it was a false flag and an attempt to start a war between America and Russia. With so many President Trump supporters disappointed in his actions I ask them what really happened? From my view he did nothing more than take out a couple of planes, got the shadow government to relax and bought himself some more clean up time.

As a Christian home saint minister I prayed, saw with my own eyes and heard millions of Christians claim Trumps victory as Gods Divine Intervention. See here;

http://www.wnd.com/2016/11/signs-of-divine-intervention-in-trump-victory/

As a see’er for God now over 55 years and part of our Lords 6th Great Awakening my faith will not be shaken. For those Christians that now question God I caution them to look back at ancient Israel and the scattering of Jews across the world. Is America what some claim, from the Bible, Babylon 2 or are we something better? I will keep my faith in America, our President and God thank you! I pray from my souls heart people continue to STAND with Jesus and keep their faith…..mike

Diana Jackson - April 21, 2017

Yes, President Trump is doing a mammoth job in CUTTING duplicate agencies; cut cut cut. Screams will be heard but whose money is being used: THE TAXPAYERS!

Charles Newton - April 22, 2017

No But who knows. The freedom Caucus did a great job but the media reported Trump went against them. Not good these are the few he needs to lean on for doing the right thing. I have no idea what Trump as done to help us middle class Americans. They failed on the 1st thing. To get rid of AFA. That sucked.

Laurie Smith - April 23, 2017

Yes, I believe that President Trump is doing a good job in restructuring federal agencies. Our federal government is too large and is becoming overbearing on it’s citizens.

Stan Oberst - April 24, 2017

His intentions are right and I see evidence of his trying to restructure federal agencies – I just think it’s going to take more time than he has planned for to make effective changes that result in visible/measurable results. The federal bureaucracy is huge. Obama had 8 years to pack things to his communist liking. It might take a few years to turn the ship of state. My 2 cents, Thank you!

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