The entire senior level of management officials resigned Wednesday, part of an ongoing mass exodus of senior foreign service officers who don’t want to stick around for the Trump era.
[Rex] Tillerson was actually inside the State Department’s headquarters in Foggy Bottom on Wednesday, taking meetings and getting the lay of the land. I reported Wednesday morning that the Trump team was narrowing its searchfor his No. 2, and that it was looking to replace the State Department’s long-serving undersecretary for management, Patrick Kennedy. Kennedy, who has been in that job for nine years, was actively involved in the transition and was angling to keep that job under Tillerson, three State Department officials told me.
Then suddenly on Wednesday afternoon, Kennedy and three of his top officials resigned unexpectedly, four State Department officials confirmed. Assistant Secretary of State for Administration Joyce Anne Barr, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Michele Bond and Ambassador Gentry O. Smith, director of the Office of Foreign Missions, followed him out the door. All are career foreign service officers who have served under both Republican and Democratic administrations.
Yes, you read that right. The entire senior management at the State Department just resigned. Given we are 6 days in to Trump’s presidency, it stands to reason that this is only the beginning, and we are about to witness and unprecedented, mass exodus at all levels of government.
While many government workers may be ideologically conservative and aligned with Trump on many issues, anyone with a modicum of common sense understands that Trump is completely incapable of running the country. His mere presence in the White House is deeply unsettling, and his management style — based no doubt on playing a boss on a reality TV show — is chaotic and unpredictable.
Trump’s presidency must now officially be recognized as a national emergency, and his removal and absolute necessity. No government can run effectively without capable and experienced bureaucratic management, and under Trump this is about to disintegrate.
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