Senior managers from the U.S State Department to a person have resigned. It was the same day that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson paid a visit to Foggy Bottom to get acquainted with his new team.
The resignations which saw four key players including Patrick Kennedy the undersecretary for management resign on Wednesday. Kennedy had been in the role for nine years and is considered highly experienced.
According to the Washington Post, once Kennedy learned that Trump’s team was going to replace him, he and three of his aids resigned.
His three aids, included Assistant Secretary of State for Administration Joyce Anne Barr, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Michele Bond and Ambassador Gentry O. Smith, director of the Office of Foreign Missions.
As well as the four, Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr recently retired, while director of the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations, Lydia Muniz, left on the 20th January.
David Wade, who served under John Kerry as State Department chief of staff, told the Washington Post, “It’s the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember, and that’s incredibly difficult to replicate.
“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.”
The resignations will make it harder for Tillerson to grasp his new role. Richard Boucher who has worked in the State Department said that it takes thousands of people to run the department and the top aids leaving will make it extremely difficult for him.
He said, “You don’t run foreign policy by making statements, you run it with thousands of people working to implement programs every day. To undercut that is to undercut the institution.”
Mark Morgan is also no longer chief of US Border Patrol. It is unclear if he left or was sacked.