December 9, 2016 in Daily Bulletin
Donald Trump’s signature catch-phrase on The Apprentice was “you’re fired”. In a 2013 article about the Obama administration, Scott Wilson wrote about why Presidents typically have a hard time firing people:
- Firing someone implies that the President made a mistake in appointing them, and this can be shaky ground politically.
- Presidential appointees are typically extremely loyal to the President, and the personal relationship that builds can make firing difficult.
- There is a middle ground. After the furor dies down, instead of firing someone, the President can merely present them with a cushy ambassadorship in a friendly country.
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