Donald Trump has proposed expanding presidential power to allow for presidents to fire any executive branch employee, a comment that demonstrates the extent to which the former president seeks to consolidate political power if he retakes the White House.
Mr Trump made the remarks when speaking over the weekend in Florence, South Carolina.
“We will pass critical reforms making every executive branch employee fireable by the president of the United States,” he said. “The deep state must and will be brought to heel. It’s already happening.” The so-called “deep state” is a reference to a group of career officials in the federal government whom Mr Trump believed were out to get him, despite no evidence to support the claim.
Throughout his tenure, Mr Trump ousted and fired numerous officials, including FBI Director James Comey, which led to the appointment of special counsel