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Trump announces plan to 'dismantle the deep state'

"This is how I will shatter the deep state and restore government that is controlled by the people and for the people," he declared.

Published: March 21, 2023 5:12pm

Ahead of a prospective arrest on Tuesday, former President Donald Trump posted a plan to take on the "deep state," a supposed cabal of anti-Trump federal officials working against his political agenda.

Trump's 10-point plan largely addresses pervasive internal issues that plagued his first administration, such as leaking and bureaucratic intransigence.

First among his points was a vow to reissue a 2020 executive order "restoring the president's authority to remove rogue bureaucrats," a power he promised to wield "very aggressively."

He further vowed to "clean out all of the corrupt actors in our national security and intelligence apparatus, and there are plenty of them. The departments and agencies that have been weaponized will be completely overhauled so that faceless bureaucrats will never again be able to target and persecute conservatives, Christians, or the left's political enemies."

Third, he vowed to reform (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) FISA courts, which he maligned as corrupt and lamented that the judges were seemingly indifferent to the facts when addressing warrant applications. The FBI secured a FISA warrant to spy on former Trump aide Carter Page in 2016, which later faced legal challenges.

Trump then vowed to expose the "hoaxes and abuses of power" by establishing a Truth and Reconciliation commission to declassify documents related to deep state espionage and censorship.

His fifth pledge included a crackdown on government leakers. "When possible, we will press criminal charges," he said.

He then proposed making all inspector general offices fully independent from the departments they oversee "so they do not become the protectors of the deep state."

Seventh, Trump said he would ask Congress to create an auditing system to "continually monitor" intelligence agencies to ensure those agencies were not acting improperly.

Trump's eighth pledge was to relocate additional federal agencies "outside the Washington swamp," suggesting up to 100,000 federal jobs could be relocated to areas filled with "patriots."

Ninth, he vowed to forbid federal bureaucrats from taking jobs at companies they regulate.

His final pledge was proposing a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on Congress.

"This is how I will shatter the deep state and restore government that is controlled by the people and for the people," he declared.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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