The NNSA is the $12 billion-a-year agency that “maintains and enhances the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.” It’s unclear when the two officials will be replaced.
Traditionally, all political appointees of an outgoing presidential administration turn in resignation letters effective on noon of inauguration day, January 20. But appointees in key positions—like the people who make sure our nukes work—are often asked to stay on in their roles until a replacement can be found and confirmed by the Senate, helping ensure a smooth transition and allowing our government to continue functioning. In fact, for the entirety of Obama’s first term and into part of his second, the NNSA Administrator remained a Bush appointee.
Trump, however, appears determined to immediately push out everyone who was appointed by Obama, regardless of whether or not he has anyone in line for the job. Or, as our source put it: “It’s a shocking disregard for process and continuity of government.”
Just in case you are not sure if this is a really big deal or not:
The source later added, “I’m more and more coming around to the idea that we’re so very very fucked.”
Yeah, what he said.
Gee I am trying to think of which leader of a foreign government might be overjoyed at Donald Trump undermining our nuclear capabilities.
Wait, don't tell me, I've almost got it.
Oops, lost it.
Maybe YOU can think of who it might be.