Foreign Policy

Report: The State Department Does Basically Nothing Now

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

To say that the State Department is out of the loop under the Trump regime feels like an understatement.

According to the Guardian, the State Department has almost entirely been cut out of the decision-making process and officials now rely on foreign sources for domestic information.

Senior state department officials who would normally be called to the White House for their views on key policy issues, are not being asked their opinion. They have resorted to asking foreign diplomats, who now have better access to President Trump’s immediate circle of advisers, what new decisions are imminent.

The public voice of the state department has fallen silent. There has not been a daily press briefing, the customary channel for voicing US views and policy on world events, since January.

Ordinarily you may be able to attribute this to the department being severely understaffed, but they're still firing people.

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.

When shit hits the fan in other parts of the world, the Trump regime will not have the expertise to deal with it because they've excised everyone with actual expertise.

The rest of the world doesn't play by our rules and they certainly don't hinge their decisions on Trump's tweets. He's going to embarrass us and get people killed.

  • muselet

    With this purge (and yes, it absolutely is “a politically-minded purge that cuts out much-needed expertise from the policy-making.”), Donald Trump has caused a brain drain at the Department of State that will take decades to undo. US foreign policy will suffer great damage for even longer.

    Trump is a Visigoth, with apologies to Visigoths.

    –alopecia

  • Ken Kohl

    Hopefully, with all this time on their hands, the DoS staffers can expedite my passport application in a timely manner.

  • Badgerite

    This is Bannon. Count on it. And all our allies have to be concerned.
    From what I heard of that press conference, President So Called is so out of his depth it is ridiculous. This is the emptiest empty suit the GOP has ever put in power.
    That means someone else is calling the shots and that would have to be “Blow it All Up” Bannon. God. To listen to him go on about Mosul. You know, we had a big build up once before an invasion and everyone knew it was coming. It was called D-Day. Dumb*ss. Oft times we celebrate that day because it led to the defeat of one of the worst tyrants of history, Adolf Hitler. You know, the guy that started the Nazi salute that certain “deplorables” are so fond of showing off now. Ffffffff them.

  • Aynwrong

    And whenever the proverbial “shit” happens Trump’s army of Dumbfucks will immediately begin screaming that it’s somehow all Obama’s fault and all us snowflakes are patriotically honor bound to support this idiot.

    They will never admit how much they have endangered the Republic and the world.

  • ninjaf

    Outsourcer-In-Chief: Outsourcing our foreign policy.

    ::headdesk::