President Donald Trump has been railing against the Deep State and bloated government factions for quite some time.
The president has also taken issue with America’s national security apparatus since before he took office.
Following reports that the staff roster at the White House National Security Council is being significantly trimmed down — a top adviser to the president has abruptly quit.
According to Axios, one disgruntled member of the White House national security team has just departed, with two anonymous sources saying he was escorted from the building.
The official’s name is Andrew Peek, and he served as the National Security Council’s senior director for European and Russian affairs.
Peek had been placed on administrative leave on administrative leave pending a security-related investigation.
Before Peek was hired at the NSC, he previously served as a deputy assistant secretary at the State Department where his duties focused on Iraq and Iran.
The administration has thus far been tight-lipped about the development, with an NSC spokesman saying, “We do not discuss personnel matters.”
Peek’s questionable departure comes after National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, who is leading the effort, has been firing and reassigning individuals whose roles have become “unnecessary.”
“The NSC staff became bloated during the prior administration,” O’Brien said of the cuts.
At its height under former President Barack Obama, the NSC had “as many as 450 people” on staff. As noted by The Times, by NSC had become “too bloated” and took on more of a quantity role rather than one aimed at quality.
The Trump administration is planning to slash that number by more than 300, leaving less than 120 staffers on the NSC’s payroll.
“I just don’t think that we need the numbers of people that it expanded to under the last administration to do this job right,” O’Brien explained.
O’Brien said the NSC’s job is one of coordination and that he plans to slim his staff by “consolidating positions and returning officials to agencies and departments such as the CIA, the State and Defense departments, and the military.”
“The NSC is a coordinating body,” O’Brien said. “I am trying to get us back to a lean and efficient staff that can get the job done, can coordinate with our interagency partners, and make sure the president receives the best advice he needs to make the decisions necessary to keep the American people safe.”
In other words, the Trump administration would rather have 1-2 highly qualified people in a position rather than 5-10 who may not have as much experience.
As it has been well-documented and discussed, Trump has railed against the “Deep State” for three years.
Some of Trump’s biggest hurdles have come straight from the “Deep State” itself — ranging from phony allegations of Russia collusion to baseless rumors about Ukrainian foreign aid being “withheld.”
In an attempt to avoid similar problems caused by the NSC’s web of bureaucracy, the Trump administration is cutting back — and according to NSC spokesman John Ullyot, they’re on the right track.
“We remain on track to meeting the right-sizing goal Ambassador O’Brien outlined in October,” he said, adding, “and in fact may exceed that target by drawing down even more positions.”