Sean Spicer is known for being blunt. It must be all the cinnamon gum he chews, because the new White House press secretary can definitely spit a bit of fire — especially when it comes to anti-Trump diplomats.
He managed to do it again Monday, when he said that “career bureaucrats” who signed a State Department letter of dissent against President Donald Trump’s temporary freeze on Islamic immigration should “get with the program” or leave the service.
According to The Washington Post, the letter was posted through a “dissent channel,” a mechanism the State Department uses for employees who wish to file complaints against official policy while being protected from retribution.
The draft letter stated that the “policy which closes our doors to over 200 million legitimate travelers in the hopes of preventing a small number of travelers who intend to harm Americans from using the visa system to enter the United States will not achieve its aim of making our country safer.”
“This is about the safety of America, and there’s a reason that a majority of Americans agree with the president,” Spicer told reporters. “They should understand it’s his number one priority.”
As for the State Department personnel, Spicer had a blunt message for them:
“Either get with the program or they can go.”
“If somebody has a problem with that agenda, then that does call into question whether … they should continue in that post or not,” Spicer continued. “I know the president appreciates the people who serve this nation and the public servants.”
“That’s up to them to question whether or not they want to stay,” he added.
It should come as no surprise that the Trump administration is not terribly impressed by political stunts, particularly from career politicians and bureaucrats. For one, I find it funny that this sort of grievance wasn’t aired back when then-President Barack Obama did something similar back in 2011.
Maybe the letter just got lost in the shuffle. These things happen, you know?
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H/T U.K. Daily Mail