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Former Trump State Department official recounts struggles working with career bureaucrats

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Former Trump State Department official recounts struggles working with career bureaucrats

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On Friday, former State Department adviser Amanda Milius joined Fox Nation’s “Tucker Carlson Today” to discuss the proverbial culture shock of moving from Los Angeles to grassroots politics in Central America, campaigning for Donald Trump, then in Washington, DC where she was a White House official.

Milius, filmmaker and daughter of “Apocalypse Now” screenwriter John Milius, told host Tucker Carlson about her time working on the campaign trail in Nevada, where she met people from all walks of life who volunteered their time for a cause they believed to be “greater than themselves”, in his words.

But then, when Milius arrived in Washington, DC, she said she encountered frustrations working with career bureaucrats in government.

“Everything I thought was wrong is so much worse. It’s so much worse and it was so frustrating because I mean, like I said, there were so few of us,” she said.

President Donald Trump speaks after awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Olympic gold medalist Dan Gable. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

“Imagine having an administration like ours where it was so important to come in like guns blazing on day one and not let go, that means we were already up against the whole machine,” Milius said of Trump’s historic victory in 2016.

She said that once she arrived in DC, she and her Trump-era colleagues realized career bureaucrats didn’t care about the new president’s planned policy shifts and platforms.

“For most of us to be the people who knew the agenda and wanted to carry out the agenda, they get whittled down by these… conniving suckers, and then think the administration still has a chance to fight – It’s like we’re fighting with one hand behind our backs,” she said.

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Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference at the Department of State in Washington, DC, U.S., Thursday, March 5, 2020. Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Milius noted that she and her colleagues received advice on how to navigate the federal government from Reagan-era officials, noting that no one in the Bush administration was likely to support them.

“So we’d be brushed aside by serious alumni and we’d be like, ‘Hey, actually, you know, that’s how you don’t get screwed over in this or whatever’ – And so, where is the manual for that?”

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“By the way, who’s building this manual now? I have friends I know who are writing it, but there’s a lot of institutional knowledge out there who says if we live in a real country and take over the power we’re really going to need,” Milius told Carlson.

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