Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer said Friday that President Donald Trump should "attack" the entrenched government bureaucracy and go after Obama administration holdovers who have their own agendas.
"It's one of the main conservative arguments against big government," Krauthammer explained on Fox News. "It's not that it's just inefficient, it's not just that it's impersonal, it's not just that in the way that it restricts our liberties, it's that it develops its own interests."
In the first four weeks of Trump's presidency, government holdovers have been a big problem. Almost daily there are new intelligence leaks, which many attribute to the ousting of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
There has also been staunch opposition from regular government employees to Trump's policies and initiatives. Environmental Protection Agency workers spoke out against new EPA head Scott Pruitt on Friday after he was confirmed by the Senate. And in the opening days of Trump's presidency, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates defiantly said she wouldn't enforce Trump's controversial executive order on immigration and refugees.
To fix the problem, Krauthammer suggested there are two ways to take power away from the longtime government bureaucrats: deregulation and depopulation of the agencies through attrition.
Until then, however, Krauthammer said Americans are "stuck with this administrative state."
"It started with the New Deal and it's not going to be ended with one presidency," he said.
"This is a chronic issue and you want to use the energy and support of the 'honeymoon' of a new presidency, again controlling the new houses of Congress, to go ahead and attack it," he added. "And I'm afraid that a lot of that energy is being squandered on peripheral issues."
Watch Krauthammer's full interview below: