President Trump Fired Obama Appointee Steve Linick State Department Inspector General
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[President Trump Fired Obama Appointee Steve Linick State Department Inspector General]
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Mr. President, can you explain, sir, why you decided to fire the inspector general at the State Department?
Yeah, I don’t know him at all. I never even heard of him, but I was asked to by the State Department, by Mike. I offered – most of my people, almost all of them – I said, “You know, these are Obama appointees. And if you’d like to let him go, I think you should let them go, but that’s up to you.”
He’s an Obama employee. I understand he had a lot of problems with the DOD. There was an investigation on him – on the Inspector General. I don’t know anything about it.
So I don’t know him. I never heard of him. But they asked me to terminate him. I have the absolute right, as President, to terminate. I’ve said, “Who appointed him?” And they said, “President Obama.” I said, “Look, I’ll terminate him.”
I don’t know what’s going on other than that, but you’d have to ask Mike Pompeo.
But they did ask me to do it and I did it. I have the right to terminate the inspector generals. And I would have – I would have suggested – and I did suggest, in pretty much all cases, you get rid of the Attorney Generals, because it happens to be very political, whether you like it or not. And many of these people were Obama Appointments, and so I just got rid of him.
And you got some criticism from Democrats in Congress who are saying this is a pattern of you –
Yeah, I know.
– trying to avoid having accountability.
Yeah, I know. And if I didn’t fire him, they would have criticized me too. They’d criticize no matter what you do. You know, if you have too many ventilators, they’ll say, “Gee, he has too many ventilators.” If you don’t have enough, they’ll say, “He doesn’t have enough.” No matter what you do, between that and their partner, the fake news media, they’ll find something.
No, I don’t know the gentleman. I was happy to do it. Mike requested that I do it. He should have done it a long time ago, in my opinion. He is an Obama appointment and he had some difficulty.
But I just don’t know who he is. I really – I don’t know. I never heard his name.
But do you believe there is a role for Inspector Generals to keep an administration like yours –
Yeah, but I think they have to be fair.
– or anyone else’s accountable?
Sure. But I think they have to be fair. And I think it’s a death wish when you – and I told my people, I said, “I think you should, you know, study your situation but let us know.” I think we’ve been treated very unfairly by inspector generals. I can go into instances, but I’m not going to do it now.
But the Inspector Generals, when they’re put in by Obama – just like it could be that if they were put in by me and it was somebody else’s Administration, especially the other Party, it could very well be that you’d be treated unfairly. But we’ve had a lot of cases where we thought that was unfair.
So, yeah, they asked me to do that. I think the big thing is that they should have asked me to do it a long time ago.
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