Federal workers on edge over Trump call for firing power

The Hill: Federal employee unions are on edge after President Trump Donald John Trump Schiff: Nunes gave Trump 'secretly altered' version of memo Davis: ‘Deep state’ existed in ’16 – but it elected Trump Former Trump legal spokesman to testify to Mueller about undisclosed call: report MORE called on Congress Tuesday night to give agencies the power to fire federal workers at will. In his first State of the Union address, Trump praised the VA Accountability Act — a law he signed last year to make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees accused of misconduct — and called for similar powers to be extended to all agencies. “All Americans deserve accountability and respect and that is what we are giving them,” he said. “So tonight, I call on the Congress to empower every Cabinet secretary with the authority to reward good workers and to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people.” Some are viewing the statements as a clear threat to the federal workforce, which Trump vowed on the campaign trail to cut drastically. The workforce has already seen a decline in his first year. “I think it should be extremely alarming to federal workers and extremely alarming to the American public,” said J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the largest union representing federal and D.C. government workers.

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