It wouldn’t be the first time Trump has swiftly dispatched with agency heads after an election. The 2018 midterms brought about a huge reshuffling of the Cabinet, starting the day after the election when Trump tweet-canned then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Then, in the ensuing months, Trump’s Defense secretary, Interior secretary and Homeland Security secretary all left or were replaced.
White House advisers say Trump is likely to expel Esper, Haspel and Wray almost as quickly as he did with Sessions, given his frustration with their performances.
“If Trump wins, he will feel vindicated and liberated, he will stack his Cabinet even more with loyalists,” said Chris Lu, a frequent Trump critic who served as the White House Cabinet secretary under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013. “It sends government in a pretty dangerous direction.”