JUST IN: Trump Administration Cleaned Out The State Department
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According to the Washington Post, the “entire senior management team” at the State Department has resigned. And by the “entire senior management team,” they mean four people: Undersecretary for management, Patrick Kennedy, “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.”
As Reported by Chicks on the Right:
Kennedy will retire from the foreign service at the end of the month, officials said. The other officials could be given assignments elsewhere in the foreign service.
In addition, Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr retired Jan. 20, and the director of the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations, Lydia Muniz, departed the same day. That amounts to a near-complete housecleaning of all the senior officials that deal with managing the State Department, its overseas posts and its people.
“It’s the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember, and that’s incredibly difficult to replicate,” said David Wade, who served as State Department chief of staff under Secretary of State John Kerry. “Department expertise in security, management, administrative and consular positions in particular are very difficult to replicate and particularly difficult to find in the private sector.”
But wait. Did WaPo get it wrong? Because people are now saying those individuals were actually fired by the Trump administration. Even CNN’s reporting that.
Two senior administration officials said Thursday that the Trump administration told four top State Department management officials that their services were no longer needed as part of an effort to “clean house” at Foggy Bottom.
It sounds like it was more of a, “Hey, resign or you’re fired” kind of thing. I wonder why WaPo didn’t include that. Just kidding. I know why it wasn’t included. They want to make it look like Trump’s struggling to find support. They want everyone to believe that everything is a chaotic mess.