State Department’s senior administrative team resigns

WASHINGTON, DC – Signaling a lack of faith in the incoming administration and the new Commander in Chief, the state department’s entire senior management team has resigned.

After having secured the nomination of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the Trump team had next set its sights on replacing Patrick Kennedy, the department’s long-serving undersecretary for management, according to The Washington Post.

On Wednesday, Kennedy and three of his top officials–Administration Joyce Anne Barr, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Michele Bond, and Ambassador Gentry O. Smith–all unexpectedly resigned.

Whether Kennedy left on his own volition or was pushed out by the incoming Trump team is a matter of dispute inside the department, according to the Post.

All are career foreign service officers who have served under both Republican and Democratic administrations.

But they weren’t the only ones to go. Several senior foreign service officers in the State Department’s regional bureaus have also left their posts or resigned since the election.

The sudden resignations, especially at the top, will create a problem for Tillerson as he takes over the department.

Read more at CBSMiami.

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