Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over the past few months made a refreshing reconstruction to the State Department with a series of staff reductions. Right now, one more of the officials has found himself being pushed out.
From the reports, Chief of Security Bill A. Miller was kicked out by Tillerson. Now he joins the group of dismissals and early retirements that has decimated the State Department’s senior ranks. These departures are giving new look on Tillerson’s contentious and strong relationship with much of his department’s staffers.
This comes as a reaction to the Democrats from Foreign Relations Committee, who wrote a letter to Tillerson citing “the exodus of more than 100 senior Foreign Service officers from the State Department since January,” as they expressed concern about “what appears to be the intentional hollowing-out of our senior diplomatic ranks.”
Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire, sent a similar letter to McCain in which they wrote that “America’s diplomatic power is being weakened internally as complex global crises are growing externally.”
Tillerson has always been open about the fact that he believes the State Department is a bloated bureaucracy and that he regards much of the day-to-day diplomacy that lower-level officials conduct as unproductive. Before he was even confirmed, Tillerson’s staff fired six of the State Department’s top career diplomats, including Patrick Kennedy, who had been appointed to his position by President George W. Bush, and Kristie Kenney, the department’s counselor and one of just five career ambassadors.
Mr. Tillerson’s spokesman, R. C. Hammond, said that any suggestion that these departures had a negative effect is wrong.
“There are qualified people who are delivering on America’s diplomatic mission,” Hammond said. “It’s insulting to them every time someone comes up to them and says that the State Department is being gutted.”
Though liberals are furious about what Tillerson is doing, conservatives are overjoyed that he is trimming the fat in the State Department. We’re so glad to see that President Donald Trump’s administration is continuing to make these cuts.