US Politics in Trump era Public date: 14.11.2019 12:15:01

3 Oct 2019

Watchdog reveals mysterious attempt to smear ex-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine

The State Department’s inspector general briefed congressional aides Wednesday about an apparent attempt to smear the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, who is seen by House Democrats as a key witness in their impeachment inquiry.
The State Department’s inspector general briefed congressional aides Wednesday about an apparent attempt to smear the...
18 Jun 2019

The House committee quietly racking up oversight wins against Trump

The House Foreign Affairs Committee is quietly amassing documents on allegations of politically-motivated retaliation at the State Department; it’s looking into whether Trump has violated foreign emoluments and conflict of interest rules; and lawmakers are working to find out more about the president's relationship with Vladimir Putin and how he leads American foreign policy behind the scenes — all without the fanfare associated with the other committees’ work.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee is quietly amassing documents on allegations of politically-motivated retaliation at...
9 Jun 2019

Pompeo pledges not to wait for Britain’s elections to ‘push back’ against Corbyn and anti-Semitism

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo weighed in on British politics during a closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders, saying he would not wait for Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to become prime minister of Britain to “push back” against him or any future actions he might take against Britain’s Jews.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo weighed in on British politics during a closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders, saying...

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5 Apr 2018

Rex Tillerson’s $12 million army of consultants

Now that Tillerson has been fired, the vaunted "Redesign" initiative he launched faces an uncertain future, but at least one clear legacy: around $12 million spent just for private consultants who in some cases charged the State Department more than $300 an hour.
Now that Tillerson has been fired, the vaunted "Redesign" initiative he launched faces an uncertain...
16 Mar 2018

Trump White House Worked with Newt Gingrich on Political Purge at State Department, Lawmakers Say

White House and State Department officials conspired  with prominent conservatives, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, to purge the State Department of staffers they viewed as insufficiently loyal to President Donald Trump, two top House Democrats allege in a letter released Thursday.
White House and State Department officials conspired  with...

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5 Mar 2018

State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0.

As Russia’s virtual war against the United States continues unabated with the midterm elections approaching, the State Department has yet to spend any of the $120 million it has been allocated since late 2016 to counter foreign efforts to meddle in elections or sow distrust in democracy.
As Russia’s virtual war against the United States continues unabated with the midterm elections approaching, the State...

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29 Nov 2017

Rex Tillerson hired a CEO to overhaul the State Department. She quit 3 months into the job.

The woman who Secretary of State Rex Tillerson chose to help him streamline the State Department just quit after only three months on the job. It’s the latest in a string of high-profile resignations that highlights growing chaos and declining morale at the top agency in charge of carrying out US foreign policy.
The woman who Secretary of State Rex Tillerson chose to help him streamline the State Department just quit after...

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25 Nov 2017

Diplomats Sound the Alarm as They Are Pushed Out in Droves

In a letter to Mr. Tillerson last week, Democratic members of the House Foreign Relations Committee, citing what they said was “the exodus of more than 100 senior Foreign Service officers from the State Department since January,” expressed concern about “what appears to be the intentional hollowing-out of our senior  diplomatic ranks.”
In a letter to Mr. Tillerson last week, Democratic members of the House Foreign Relations Committee, citing what...

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5 Oct 2017

Rex Tillerson, Trump’s Secretary of State, ‘Never Considered Leaving’ the Job

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson  insisted on Wednesday that he has never considered resigning, despite what associates have described as deep frustration. But he did not deny a report that he has grown so disenchanted with President Trump that he once referred to him as a “moron.”
Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson  insisted on Wednesday that he has never considered resigning,...
30 May 2017

Military’s clout at White House could shift U.S. foreign policy

When President Trump’s top foreign policy  advisers gathered ­recently at the White House to discuss plans to revamp the administration’s Afghanistan strategy, the makeup of those in the room was indicative of a significant turn in U.S. foreign policy. Seated front and center at the Situation Room table were four current or retired generals who dominate just about every big national security decision Trump makes.
When President Trump’s top foreign policy  advisers gathered ­recently at the...

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27 May 2017

U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In

Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements,  the State Department this week quietly lifted the department’s restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States. The result could be a near doubling of refugees entering the country, from about 830 people a week in the first three weeks of this month to well over 1,500 people per week by next month, according to refugee advocates. Tens of thousands of refugees are waiting to come to the United States.
Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements,  the State Department this week...

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7 Apr 2017

“It’s just weird”: a former employee on Rex Tillerson’s empty State Department

Details coming out of Rex Tillerson’s State Department tell a story of staff vacancies, scarce meetings, and general bewilderment from aides who have worked through multiple administrations. The emerging picture is of a secretary of state who has given little direction to his team on how he plans to run the diplomatic wing of the US government. State Department employees are even discouraged from making eye contact with Tillerson while he’s in the office, the Washington Post reported last week.
Details coming out of Rex Tillerson’s State Department tell a story of staff vacancies, scarce meetings, and general...
20 Feb 2017

State Dept. carries out layoffs under Rex Tillerson

Much of 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.  These staffers in particular are often the conduit between the secretary’s office to the country bureaus, where the regional expertise is centered. Inside the State Department, some officials fear that this is a politically-minded purge that cuts out much-needed expertise from the policy-making, rather than simply reorganizing the bureaucracy.
Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the...
17 Feb 2017

It Has Begun, Tillerson Fires Most of the 7th Floor

Americans were stunned to learn of the State Department rogue Shadow  Government which operated in secret from the 7th floor. They were behind  the corrupt handling of the Clinton documents. CBS News announced that Rex Tillerson, the new Secretary of State, fired most of the 7th floor policy makers who so famously called themselves the “shadow government”.
Americans were stunned to learn of the State Department rogue Shadow  Government which operated in secret from...
27 Jan 2017

The State Department’s entire senior management team just resigned

All are career foreign service officers who have served under both Republican and Democratic administrations. “It’s the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember, and that’s incredibly difficult to replicate,” said David Wade, who served as State Department chief of staff under Secretary of State John Kerry. “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.”
All are career foreign service officers who have served under both Republican and Democratic administrations. “It’s...

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29 Dec 2016

Kerry Rebukes Israel, Calling Settlements a Threat to Peace

Secretary of State John Kerry warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Wednesday that the Israeli government was undermining any hope of a two-state solution to its decades-long conflict with the Palestinians, and said that the American vote in the United Nations last week was  driven by an effort to save Israel from “the most extreme elements” in its own government.
Secretary of State John Kerry warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Wednesday that the...
15 Jul 2016

Leaked Data Reveals How the U.S. Trains Vast Numbers of Foreign Soldiers and Police With Little Oversight

An investigation mining diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks shows the shadowy network used to train 200,000 foreign security personnel every year.
An investigation mining diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks shows the shadowy network used to train 200,000 foreign...

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