President Donald Trump has declared the “deep state” as a “corrupt institution” and “totally corrupt.”
The president made the remarks at a meeting with former Secretary of State James Baker on Friday, according to the White House.
“I’m very concerned with the deep state.
We have to put them in check,” Trump said.
“They’re totally corrupt.
They’re totally in the pocket of the Democrats, but they’re not the deep government.””
We need a whole new generation of leadership,” he continued.
“We need to have a leader who understands the American people, who is willing to put his or her life on the line to protect them, to protect the American values, to fight for the American worker.”
Baker told reporters that Trump’s declaration was a significant step toward dismantling the “corporate-friendly” Washington establishment.
“The president is saying that the Washington establishment has lost all legitimacy, and he’s going to make sure that this deep state is not part of the Trump administration,” Baker said.
“There’s going have to be a whole different conversation about the role of government in our lives.
There’s going for a whole other perspective and we need a new generation,” he added.
President Trump speaks during a meeting Friday with former secretary of state James Baker, center, at the Whitehouse in Washington.
Trump on Friday announced that he had nominated Baker to serve as the new Secretary of Defense.
“James Baker is a world-class military officer, who has proven his leadership skills and leadership ability during the Iraq War and has been an outstanding diplomat,” Trump’s statement read.
“Baker’s background and experience in national security matters will be an invaluable asset for Secretary of the Army Rob Bradley, who will be overseeing the Department of the Defense as it heads into the 2018 and 2020 fiscal years.”
Bristol-based Baker was appointed as the secretary of defense in 2017 after serving as the deputy defense secretary under President George W. Bush.
The former secretary also served as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine from 2010 to 2014.
He is the second member of Trump’s administration to have been confirmed to lead the Department’s Defense Department.
On May 26, the Senate confirmed the former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to lead his agency.