For the sake of fairness, Obama had his own federal civilian hiring freeze after the economy tanked just before his first term. He also froze the pay of the current federal civilians, which lasted years. I know this very personally, as I became a federal civilian employee (US Navy) just before the freeze and saw stagnant compensation for way too long. I am also an active duty veteran (Air Force). Trump is also going after the VA, which did a horrible job supporting the troops who returned home with serious injuries, PTSD, etc. I don't take what Trump is doing personally. There is a lot of waste in the government. In my personal experience, the federal civilian workforce is a sanctuary for many lazy people, as it is near impossible to fire underperformers. So, this reduction in the federal civilian workforce cannot be done piecemeal. Every agency would feel they are "special" and apply for exemptions, waivers, etc. Sadly, I can see a blowback on this, where the lazy ones with little employment options outside of the government stay on, and the sharp fed employees jump ship for jobs in the commercial sector.