Tags: State Department | Lay Off | Tilelrson | Overseas

State Dept. Lays Off Staff While Tillerson Is Overseas

Image: State Dept. Lays Off Staff While Tillerson Is Overseas

(AP)

By    |   Friday, 17 Feb 2017 08:01 AM

While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on his first overseas diplomatic trip, State Department aides laid off a number of staff members, CBS News reports. 

Much of the staff members who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the Counselor offices were laid off Thursday.

Those particular staff members were often the link between the secretary of state's office and the individual country's bureaus, which appears to signal that foreign policy portfolios will be under the control of the White House, instead of professional diplomats, CBS reported.

Ambassador Kristie Kenney, the counselor of the State Department, is one of the staffers released, CBS sources said. Kenney was an ambassador under Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton, and her staff was told that Tillerson does not plan to fill her position soon.

One staffer who was let go earlier in February criticized the layoffs, saying that he worries that the White House is not planning on relying on State Department help for foreign policy.

"It is irresponsible to let qualified, nonpartisan, experienced people go before you have any idea of their replacement. You can't do foreign policy by sitting in the White House, just out of your back pocket," Tom Countryman, former assistant secretary for non-proliferation, told CBS News.

"As part of the transition from one administration to the next, we continue to build out our team. The State Department is supported by a very talented group of individuals, both Republicans and Democrats. We are appreciative to any Americans who dedicate their talents to public service," State Department spokesman R.C. Hammond said.

No State Department officials were included in President Donald Trump's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner had a role in the meeting, despite his lack of diplomatic experience or expertise in the region, according to CBS.

The acting deputy secretary of state, Tom Shannon, was scheduled to take Tillerson's place in the Netanyahu meeting, but he was shut out. A State Department official emailed CBS News and said the decision to exclude Shannon was to allow a "more personal discussion" between Trump, Netanyahu, and Kushner, who are personal friends.

According to The New York Times, Tillerson is set to meet with foreign ministers of Britain, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, South Korea, Argentina, Brazil, and Italy during the trip.

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Politics
While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on his first overseas diplomatic trip, State Department aides laid off a number of staff members, CBS News reports.
State Department, Lay Off, Tilelrson, Overseas
390
2017-01-17
Friday, 17 Feb 2017 08:01 AM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved