President Donald Trump’s plan to negotiate better deals for the military and cut waste at the Pentagon is being undercut by another one of his orders—a hiring freeze for all federal civilian workers. Military acquisition officials are caught up in the maneuver, and 19 Republicans in Congress are appealing to the president, in the gentlest way possible, to exempt them.  In a Feb. 1 letter, lawmakers led by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) say while they applaud Trump’s ...

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