The Trump administration signals it is moving against opposition within the government bureaucracy
Today, resistance to Trump’s attempt to govern by degree began to meet resistance from within the US government itself. First, this morning, members of the US State Department leaked news that they were preparing a ‘dissent memo’ on the Administration’s executive orders concerning foreign relations, and most particularly the intensely controversial ‘extreme vetting’ order. Then this evening, Acting Attorney General, Sally Yates publicly announced that she would be instructing the Justice Department’s lawyers to not defend the President’s executive order from Friday that has caused such chaos at US airports, because of her fears that Trump’s order was not in fact legal. In both cases, these government officials were not being especially partisan, but fulfilling the obligations of their jobs. Its just been reported that Yates has just lost her job, and from statements made by Trump’s press secretary the hundreds of State Department officials who have signed the dissent memo have put their jobs at risk.