“I am honored to be serving alongside each of you. State Department staffers in the field are not just conduits for policies and plans, you are our emissaries of our nation and the ideals we stand for. When people see you, they see America… Change for the sake of change can be counterproductive, and that will never be my approach. But we cannot sustain ineffective traditions over optimal outcomes.” — Rex Tillerson on his first day at the State Department.
On Friday, after a week of tumult in the Trump White House, newly minted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson decided it was time to clean house. Just last week he told State Department employees that he would not be making changes “simply for the sake of change,” but that he’d be evaluating the department to see what changes he felt were “needed.” Apparently, the whirlwind surrounding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has given Tillerson the impetus to make sweeping changes at the State Department.
The New York Post described it as a “bloodbath.”
Staffers in the offices of deputy secretary of state for management and resources as well as counselor were shown the door Thursday, according to CBS News.