Trump v. the ‘swamp:’ Odds favor swamp

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump frequently pledged during the campaign that he would slash the size of the federal government and rein in spending, once proclaiming “we will cut so much, your head will spin.”

But the bombastic business titan is about to come face-to-face with Washington, that “swamp” he wants to drain. And both nonpartisan specialists and others who have tried before suggest the odds are not in his favor.

Most every president in modern times has mounted an effort to streamline the federal bureaucracy and all have largely failed.

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