The deep state

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK - By Marc Am­binder

Pres­i­dent Trump and his ad­min­is­tra­tion, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, are wor­ried that gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees are al­lied against him. Be­tween his ac­cu­sa­tions of wire­tap­ping and leak­ing, ad­viser Stephen Ban­non’s cam­paign to dis­man­tle “the ad­min­is­tra­tive state” and the hunch (not with­out ev­i­dence) that gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees lean left, the White House seems to buy the “deep state” the­ory of gover­nance — the no­tion that the will of a duly elected pres­i­dent can be thwarted by bu­reau­crats, es­pe­cially in the na­tional se­cu­rity realm. While civil ser­vants and the 5.1 mil­lion peo­ple with se­cu­rity clear­ances do some­times act in con­cert (when fight­ing a war, for in­stance), many mis­con­cep­tions per­sist about them, their ties to pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tions and their de­gree of in­de­pen­dence.

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