Just one week into the Trump era, the Department of Homeland Security has turned into a ghost town, six department sources tell The Daily Beast.
The flurry of executive orders announced this week with little to no warning has left the agency scrambling to figure out what components and staffing will be needed to carry out those orders. This means senior staff who would otherwise be asked to leave may be kept on while the agency figures out how to respond to the inundation of executive orders from President Trump. It mirrors similar staffing issues at other cabinet departments as well as at the White House.
“Anybody in a position of power is not there, they’re all in hiding” said one DHS official.
“People are just freaking out and running for the hills.”