The nickname for the anti-Trump elements within government is known as “deep state,” and The Hill reported that Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer did not shy away from that during a press conference last week.
Here’s what Spicer had to say about “deep state” and pro-Obama government employees:
White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Friday conceded there may be a network of federal government employees resisting President Trump — the “deep state.”
“Does the White House believe there’s such a thing as the deep state that’s actively working to undermine the president?” a reporter asked during Spicer’s daily press briefing.
“I think there’s no question when you have eight years of one party in office that stays in government [they’re] affiliated with, joined [to] and continue to espouse the agenda of the previous administration,” Spicer answered, referencing former President Obama’s two terms in office.
While the term deep state typically refers to longtime government officials, especially in the military or intelligence agencies, Spicer tried to characterize it as Obama loyalists throughout the government.