“I want to build on the foundation Trump laid,” the former biotech businessman told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd. “I don’t want to re-learn the same lessons. I want to pick up where he left off in taking on the administrative state.”
Ramaswamy, who in the absence of frontrunner Trump attracted the most attacks from his rivals in last week’s first GOP primary debate, suggested Trump had been “duped” by his own White House advisors who warned against firing swathes of federal employees.
“Read the law,” he urged Todd. “Turns out those civil service protections only apply to individual firings, not to mass layoffs. Mass layoffs are absolutely what I will bring to the D.C. bureaucracy.”
Last week, Ramaswamy faced criticism for comparing Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) to one of the “modern grand wizards of the modern KKK.”
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