Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida voiced his criticism on Tuesday in Hollis, New Hampshire, stating that former President Donald Trump did not fulfill his promise to drain the Washington, D.C., swamp.
During a town hall event, DeSantis was questioned about voters who supported Trump in both the 2016 and 2020 elections because of his commitment to remove and replace the existing bureaucracy. In response, DeSantis highlighted that many of those bureaucrats were still part of the federal government.
“He didn’t drain it. It’s actually worse today than before,” DeSantis asserted, emphasizing that simply replacing the bureaucracy was not enough.
Describing his vision, DeSantis proposed a plan to dismantle the swamp by significantly reducing the number of government employees within administrative agencies. He advocated for cutting the workforce in half as part of his project to break the grip of the swamp.
In addition, DeSantis took a subtle swipe at Trump regarding immigration policies, promising to not only fulfill Trump’s promises but also to take more assertive actions against drug cartels.
“We will truly build the wall,” stated the governor. “Many politicians make grandiose promises but fail to deliver tangible results. It’s time to stop making excuses and start delivering real outcomes.”
These remarks followed DeSantis’ announcement the previous day in Eagle Pass, Texas, where he outlined his plan to address the southern border and the broader migrant crisis. Notably, he called for an end to birthright citizenship, arguing that the original understanding of the 14th Amendment did not include granting automatic citizenship to children born shortly after crossing the border.
Meanwhile, on the same day, former President Donald Trump also spoke in New Hampshire at a luncheon organized by the state’s Federation of Republican Women. During his speech, he critiqued DeSantis’ positions on foreign policy, trade, and past statements regarding entitlement programs.