There are about 2 million people who work in the federal government. Despite being in charge of the executive branch, the president is limited in the people he can fire.
But could that be about to change?
In Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump has nominated someone to the Supreme Court who believes, as he does, in an expansive view of presidential power.
Could the president hire and fire civil servants at will, for example? That question is at the heart of a concept that likely will come up often at Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings this fall.