“LOCK HER UP!” was a popular campaign song during the hustings.
The Trump administration has not locked up the former Secretary of State but – the administration has done the next best thing – fired all Hillary’s senior staff.
Signaling to the diplomatic corps that their new boss has different priorities than the last one, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson fired most of the key people on the seventh floor of the State Department.
The 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 on Friday.
According to CBS News, just after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump was sent in his ‘Doberman’ Mr Rex Tillerson, who triggered mass firings and mass resignations at the State Department.
The mass layoffs came as Tillerson was on his first foreign trip — attending a G-20 meeting in Bonn, Germany.
“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,” State Department spokesman RC Hammond told CBS.
The official Trump policy on managing the State Department is very obviously now centred around the Oval Office.
During a presidential debates in October, then-Republican nominee Trump humiliated Hillary Clinton by pointing out how $600,000,000 was misspent, lost or unaccounted for by during Clinton’s tenure in State Department.
Well, like so many other campaign pledges, it seems that President Trump has followed up on his word and has made a thorough ‘clean sweep’ of many top brass at the State Department. Many of those fired or pressed into resignation were actually employed during the debacle of the six hundred million ‘missing’ dollars.
During a YouTube White House press briefing, President Trump referred to “mass instability overseas, no matter where you look… The middle east is a disaster… North Korea – we’ll take care of it folks; we’re going to take care of it all. I just want to let you know, I inherited a mess”. It is patently clear that Trump places this ‘mess’ in Foreign Relations at the feet of the people who now no longer are employed at the State Department.
The Mess of the Middle East:
Tellingly, not a single State Department official was included in the White House meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It is very obvious from Trump’s press briefing last week that the ‘mess’ will not be tolerated for much longer.
Many of the fired and resigned staff would have been intimate with the controversy surrounding the recent United Nations resolution 2334 regarding the international recognition of Palestinian territory and the illegal occupation by way of Settlements. Back in January 2017, a visibly angry House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. opened debate on the resolution by saying that the Obama administration “abandoned our ally Israel when she needed us the most”. Well, there can be no doubt that it was the former employees on the seventh floor of the State Department who were most probably behind the mass condemnation of Resolution 2334 – but where were they all when the United Nations was debating this resolution – which has now become international law?
Obviously, President Trump and Rex Tillerson thought they could handle the operational mechanics of the State Department and achieve peace in the Middle East better themselves!