former Donald Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon is proposing putting together “shock troops” comprised of other former Trump officials and like-minded conservatives ready to immediately fill the roughly 4,000 slots for presidential appointees at federal agencies if republicans win in 2024.
Steve Bannon detailed his plan at a meeting with Scores of former Trump political appointees gathered at a GOP social club Wednesday night.
“If you’re going to take over the administrative state and deconstruct it, then you have to have shock troops prepared to take it over immediately,” Bannon said in a telephone interview with NBC News. “I gave ’em fire and brimstone.”
According to NBC’s Jonathan Allen, “Bannon, who ran former President Donald Trump’s first campaign and later worked as a top adviser in the White House, said that Trump’s agenda was delayed by the challenges of quickly filling roughly 4,000 slots for presidential appointees at federal agencies and the steep learning curve for political officials who were new to Washington.”
Bannon is not alone in that view. His appearance at the Capitol Hill Club came at the invitation of a new organization called the Association of Republican Presidential Appointees, which was formed to create a resource for future GOP officials tapped to fill federal jobs.
“There are so many statutes and regulations as well as agency and departmental policies, it can be very overwhelming when you first come in,” said Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, a former Broadcasting Board of Governors official who is one of the organizers of the group. “This is an organization that has a very narrow, clear and much-needed purpose, and, once it is operational, I think it could do a lot of good not just for the Republican Party but for the country.”
Bannon said he wants to see pre-trained teams ready to jump into the tiers of presidential appointees whose postings don’t require Senate confirmation when the next Republican president takes office.