Trump Not Worried About Unfilled State Dept. Roles: ‘I Am the Only One That Matters’


President Donald Trump was quizzed about the tumbleweeds floating freely through the State Department by Fox News’s Laura Ingraham on Thursday night, and dismissed criticism that many of its positions remain unfilled.

As the New Yorker reported last month in an extensive profile on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, much of the State Department remains unstaffed, and the administration is seeking deep cuts to its budget. NPR reported that more than half of the department’s roles have yet to even see a nominee — including ambassador to South Korea (!!!!).

“Your State Department still has some unfilled positions,” Ingraham asked Trump in their interview, putting it mildly. “Are you worried that the State Department doesn’t have enough Donald Trump nominees to push your vision through?”

“And there’s a concern that the State Department currently is undermining your agenda,” she noted.

“So we don’t need all the people that they want,” Trump said. “You know, don’t forget, I’m a business person and I tell my people when you don’t need to fill slots, don’t fill them.”

“But we have some people that I’m not happy with there,” Trump continued. “But let me tell you the one that matters is me. I’m the only one that matters. Because when it comes to it that’s what the policy is going to be.”

“You’ve seen that, you’ve seen it strongly,” he said.

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