George Stephanopoulos: 'The Deep State Is Packed With Patriots'

On Tuesday, 'Good Morning America' host George Stephanopoulos joined ABC's 'The View' to discuss his upcoming book "The Situation Room: The Inside Story of Presidents in Crisis." During the show, the television anchor said that members of the "deep state" are patriots who serve silently.

"I interviewed about a hundred duty officers from the White House, and these are relatively young people who come from all over the government. The CIA, DIA, Defense Department, [and the] military," Stephanopoulos said. "Some people like to call those people the deep state. Well the big thing I learned doing this book is that the deep state is packed with patriots. People who go to work every single day on the front lines of the most tense crises the country faces and do it to serve their country and to serve the presidency, not the president. They don't care about political parties. They're there to serve the presidency and the institution."

Stephanopoulos' comments come after years of the left-wing media claiming that the 'deep state' doesn't exist and that President Trump's claims that the Washington bureaucracy worked against him during his first term were unfounded. A New York Times opinion piece released earlier this year described the 'deep state' as "kind of awesome" in an attempt to humanize the bureaucrats who serve in Washington, D.C., ahead of a potential second Trump term that could see the use of Schedule F to fire tens of thousands of bureaucrats. The use of Schedule F would allow Trump to appoint up to 50,000 political appointees rather than the 4,000 positions he filled in his first term.

"When we hear 'deep state,' instead of recoiling, we should rally," the NYT piece argues. "We should think about the workers otherwise known as our public servants, the everyday superheroes who wake up ready to dedicate their careers and their lives to serving us. These are the Americans we employ. Even though their work is often invisible, it makes our lives better."

While some government bureaucrats surely do good work that benefits Americans, there are plenty who actively sabotaged the Trump administration. The only way to prevent such hindrance in the next term is to ensure that the executive branch is staffed with individuals who are willing to carry out the will of the elected president of the United States, not put his or her own priorities ahead of the officeholder.

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