Friday, February 17, 2017

'Bloodbath' At the U.S. State Department As Firings And Layoffs Continue

View of the Department of State in Washington, DC. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters)

CBS: State Dept. carries out layoffs under Rex Tillerson

While Rex Tillerson is on his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, his aides laid off staff at the State Department on Thursday.

Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the Counselor offices, were told today that their services were no longer needed.

These staffers in particular are often the conduit between the secretary’s office to the country bureaus, where the regional expertise is centered. Inside the State Department, some officials fear that this is a politically-minded purge that cuts out much-needed expertise from the policy-making, rather than simply reorganizing the bureaucracy.

There are clear signals being sent that many key foreign policy portfolios will be controlled directly by the White House, rather than through the professional diplomats.

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Update #1: It's a bloodbath at the State Department (New York Post)
Update #2: Trump Foreign Policy: State Department Lays Off Staff 2 Weeks After Rex Tillerson Confirmation (International Business Times)

WNU Editor: I am not there .... but I am sure this is sending shock-waves throughout the U.S. State Department bureaucracy and beyond. I have been out of the foreign policy game for a long time .... but knowing the U.S. diplomats that I use to know .... if they are still around they are going to run scare. The Democrats have a long history of purging those that they do not feel comfortable with in the Justice Department. But this type of purge (by Republicans) has not happened in U.S. diplomatic circles for a long time .... certainly not in my life time .... and the message is being sent out that business as usual is no more. In short .... if you block or oppose the White House agenda .... you will be dismissed. I expect the same will be happening soon in the U.S. intel community, and to a lesser extent in the Pentagon.


Anonymous said...

We have had an impregnation of leftist in all federal government departments over the past 24 years. Think about it. It is time to clean house (drain the swamp). And yes, sorry to say, some of the snail darters will get caught in the draining. But it is time. W made his biggest mistake not replacing the Clinton cronies when he had the chance. Looks like current Pres will not make the same mistake. Out with the Obamaites.


B.Poster said...


I liken this leftist impregnation as you call it to a cancer. Treating cancer is never pleasant but it must be treated. The side effects are often unpleasant for a time but the treatment must take place if the body, in this case, the United States is to survive. As when treating cancer, the cancer cells must be cut down. Unfortunately it is an unavoidable side effect of the treatment that good cells are cut down as well.

Anonymous said...

Maybe all those leaks were not so smart after all ha ha.

Aizino Smith said...

If the Left has no hesitation at such 'house cleaning', then the Republicans should neither.