The few ambassadors who remain at their posts after the Trump regime recalled the majority of them without replacements say they're having trouble communicating with the agency responsible for directing them.
Ambassadors who spoke to the New York Times for a profile on turmoil at the State Department say they've resorted to going above the department's head because Rex Tillerson is an aloof man who has no idea what he's doing.
“It’s not that he’s a weak secretary of state or a strong one — he’s in a different category,” said Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who is writing the second volume of his history of American foreign policy. “I have a hard time thinking of one who has come in with little foreign policy experience and has less interest in surrounding himself with the people who know something about the regions and issues that he has to deal with.” [...]
Three foreign ambassadors — one from Asia and two from Europe — said they had taken to contacting the National Security Council because the State Department does not return their calls or does not offer substantive answers when it does.
The way I see it, this is symptom of a larger problem and that is that Rex Tillerson is doing exactly what he was chosen to do: mostly nothing.
I have no idea what's in Tillerson's heart or if he's actually trying to do the job, but I don't think he was chosen to do the job. I think he was chosen to do nothing. He was chosen to be ineffectual. The weaker the State Department is, the easier it is for Trump and his children to chart their own foreign policy that is favorable to their future financial interests.
From the Muslim travel ban to their cozy relationship with other shady regimes, American foreign policy has been hijacked to enrich the Trump family and their friends.
They may expect to, but I'm skeptical that Trump's political donors will ultimately get exactly what they want out of him. Everyone who works with Trump eventually regrets it.