According to reporting from The Washington Post Thursday, an unprecedented number of high-level State Department officials all resigned at the same time rather than stick around for the Donald Trump administration.
“Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s job running the State Department just got considerably more difficult,” they report. “The entire senior level of management officials resigned Wednesday, part of an ongoing mass exodus of senior foreign service officers who don’t want to stick around for the Trump era.”
Among those on the way out: Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy, Assistant Secretary of State Joyce Anne Barr, Assistant Secretary of State Michele Bond and Director of Foreign Missions Gentry O. Smith. Earlier in the week, Assistant Secretary of State Gregory Starr and director of the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations Lydia Muniz also resigned. All served under both Democratic and Republican administrations.
“It’s the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember, and that’s incredibly difficult to replicate,” former department chief of staff David Wade told WaPo. “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.”
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