With the election of Donald J. Trump to the White House, expect a shaking to take place in Washington. Not only will Trump eject the hyper-liberal advisors, leaders and cronies who have clouded Obama’s administration, but he will select strong conservative leadership to his cabinet.
That also means, as in any transition, long-time leaders will be stepping down. Maybe they are simply retiring to private life. Or, maybe they are giving fresh leadership a chance to tackle our government’s challenges.
Make no mistake, though, the media will turn every administrative announcement into some kind of indictment on Trump’s victory.
But we’ve all come to ignore what the MSM thinks, right?
As expected, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has submitted his resignation, concluding 50 years of government service…
Analysts popped up all over mediaspace to claim Clapper was “sending a signal to the Trump administration that they must now speed up the transition” (as the BBC put it), even though he is a 75-year-old man who explicitly stated he has been working in government for 50 years and his wife wants him to wrap up the extremely stressful job he has held for six years, none of his four predecessors lasted longer than a year, he has been talking about resigning at the end of the Obama presidency for the past year, and such resignations are a standard feature of presidential transitions.
Clapper had planned on stepping down after Obama’s second term in the White House. The timing of his resignation, however, was probably intended to disabuse anyone of the notion that he might stay on to serve Trump.
This gives Trump’s team a head start in finding a replacement to this crucial position. Better now, before the inauguration, so all of his leadership can hit the ground running.
In an age where government surveillance has come under scrutiny, this appointment is crucial. Americans do not want the federal government looking into their personal affairs. But we also need adequate and modern tools to root out terrorism and other criminal activity.
The next Director of National Intelligence will have to walk a tight line between respecting American’s civil liberties and catching would-be terrorists. It’s not an easy job, but at least Trump has the opportunity to pick the very best person for it.