Maria Bartiromo tells Donald Trump he didn’t drain the swamp. He blames the ‘weak’ and ‘pathetic’ Cabinet

WASHINGTON — Seeking to win back the White House, former President Donald Trump is playing defense of his longtime “swamp” target, a nickname he used to allege a so-called “rigged” system in Washington.

Trump acknowledged over the weekend that he made mistakes in staff appointments while in office, saying they weren’t loyal enough to him. The GOP’s leading opponents and commentators, meanwhile, said it simply failed to deliver on its promise to “drain the swamp” of federal bureaucracy.

“The mistake would be the people,” Trump told host Maria Bartiromo during an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”

As Trump bragged about firing FBI Director James Comey in 2017, he said others had served too long. His list of mistakes included his first two attorneys general, Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr, and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. The officials have all defied Trump’s wishes on some contentious issues.

While Trump has described some of his hires as “weak”, “pathetic” and “incompetent”, Bartiromo questioned why he hired these people in the first place.

Trump said he lacked experience in Washington when he was elected in 2016 and did not know how government worked.

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This time around he said, “I know people now better than anyone ever knew people. I know the good ones, the bad ones, the silly ones, the smart ones, I think the loyal ones.”

Bartiromo pressed Trump saying, “Well, you didn’t drain the swamp, like you said. You didn’t drain the swamp.”

His response: “I did. I fired Comey. I fired a lot of people.”

Opponents like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis say Trump has failed to control federal bureaucracy seeking to thwart Republican proposals.

“He promised to drain the swamp,” DeSantis said in an interview on Fox News’ “MediaBuzz” show that aired Sunday. “It got worse.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Maria Bartiromo says Trump hasn’t drained the swamp as he blames Cabinet

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