Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton implored federal employees to remain in their posts despite their political opposition to President Donald Trump Tuesday night on her first book tour stop in Washington, D.C.
Clinton urged federal employees to “Stick it out, stick it out, because the tide has to turn,” during a book signing event at the Warner Theatre, Politico reports. She asked that they not resign despite the “disregard, even contempt, among many in this administration about what federal workers know and what they’ve done, and the advice they can give.”
Clinton cited the heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea as a prime example of the necessity of professional expertise and experience in government.
“I don’t want us to lose the decades — really, if you added it all up, the thousands of years — of experience in the EPA, in the State Department, in the Labor Department, in a lot of the places being targeted by the administration,” Clinton told the crowd. “At some point they’re going to need you, and the country is going to need you. And I hope you’re still there.”
Federal workers across the various agencies have resigned in protest since Trump took office, some using flamboyant resignation letters including hidden anti-Trump messages.
Clinton concluded the event for her recently released campaign memoir “What Happened” by suggesting that only once Democrats regain control of the government will federal employees have a sympathetic ear.
“If [Democrats] can take back one or both houses of Congress in 2018, you will have people you can talk to again,” she said.
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