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Rex Tillerson hired a CEO to overhaul the State Department. She quit 3 months into the job. - Vox
Elizabeth Saunders, a professor at George Washington University who studies US foreign policy, has compared the US under Tillerson’s emaciated State Department to a person who doesn’t have health insurance. “Your life is probably fine — up until the point you get sick,” she says.
state-department  trump-cabinet  Tillerson  trump-foreign-policy 
november 2017 by Peony43
The State of Trump's State Department - The Atlantic
But while senior State appointees have yet to be appointed, other staff has been showing up. The Office of Policy Planning, created by George Kennan after World War II, is now filled not just with Ph.D.s, as it once was, but with fresh college graduates and a malpractice attorney from New Jersey whose sole foreign-policy credential seems to be that she was born in Hungary. Tillerson’s chief of staff is not his own, but is, according to the Washington Post, a Trump transition alum named Margaret Peterlin. “Tillerson is surrounded by a bunch of rather mysterious Trumpistas,” said the senior State official who recently left. “How the hell is he supposed to do his job when even his right hand is not his own person?” One State Department employee told me that Peterlin has instructed staff that all communications with Tillerson have to go through her, and even scolded someone for answering a question Tillerson asked directly, in a meeting.
Tillerson  state-department 
october 2017 by Peony43
The Trump team’s delusional fixation on getting along with Russia
Consider for a moment Tillerson’s formulation: Because Russia will not confess to an attack on American democracy, we have to ignore its assault so as to improve relations between the countries. It does not seem to dawn on Tillerson or the rest of the administration that Russian conduct in attacking our electoral system, in allegedly committing war crimes in Syria, in repressing its own people and in aggression and occupation of its neighbors makes improved relations both impossible and undesirable. Their formula amounts to appeasement plain and simple, a capitulation that assumes getting along with a rogue regime is preferable to confronting the rogue regime and forcing a change in its behavior.
trump-foreign-policy  Tillerson  trump-putin 
july 2017 by Peony43

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