You know…I did look up if the VA has had massive layoffs…
See this. Looks like there have been some purges…and I see the number 1700
The law’s effect was nearly instantaneous: Firings rose 60 percent during the second half of 2017, after the law took effect, compared to the first half of 2017. Since June, the VA has removed 1,704 of its 370,000 employees.
But if top officials were the target of the law, a ProPublica investigation suggests the legislation misfired. In practice, the new law is overwhelmingly being used against the rank and file. Since it took effect, the VA has fired four senior leaders. The other 1,700 terminated people were low-level staffers with titles such as housekeeper (133 lost their jobs), nursing assistant (101 ousted) and food service worker (59 terminated), according to data posted by the VA.
And some fear the experience at the VA shows that removing protections against firing will only encourage more firings. The agency had more than 40,000 job vacancies even before the wave of firings. If reducing the workforce makes the VA less effective, it will only reinforce the argument that the agency is broken and needs to be cleaned out. “We really do need to modernize the civil service,” said Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit providing leadership training to federal employees. “However, firing feds faster is not going to result in the better government we all want.”
and the Pro-Publica article
All of it…he uses any facts to support ANY argument. I realize he was appealing to the VA/Vets in this instance and construes, misapplies ‘facts’ to suit his argument.
Same formula - he said that he had the highest favorable ratings among blacks (regarding was he a racist question?).
He could have built up that 1700 number up to 3600, who knows.
We have a lunatic president…who says what he wants.