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Report: Trump Efforts to Remake State Dep’t to Reflect ‘America First’ Have Former Officials Nervous

Written by  Adam Shaw

President Trump is attempting to overhaul the State Department and leave his “America First” stamp on the cumbersome bureaucracy — a move that is reportedly making former officials very nervous.

The Hill, citing former officials from prior administrations, reports that while past Republican presidents have sought to trim the unwieldy department, Trump’s remake is unprecedented.

Stewart Patrick, who served on the policy planning staff at the State Department under the George W. Bush administration, told the Hill:

My suspicion is that within the White House, particularly amongst the nationalist faction … that this seems to actually be a concerted effort to diminish the role of the State Department in U.S. foreign policy and hamper its abilities to pursue policies that would be considered overly globalist.

The administration told the outlet that it is taking a tough line on North Korea, and has pushed NATO members to live up to their promised defense contributions. The administration also launched airstrikes in Syria after a chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

Trump has also secured a number of significant foreign policy victories, including a ceasefire in southern Syria negotiated with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hamburg at the G20 summit last week. He also pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate change agreement, an enormous victory for nationalists and a significant blow for more globalist-minded officials.

But many on Trump’s nationalist flank have feared the globalist-minded bureaucrats and diplomats will stymie the President’s agenda, and so they will be hoping for significant changes. There is also concern that a number of top State Department posts are yet to be filled, preventing the department from efficiently promoting Trump’s agenda.

Trump’s budget proposal would gut the State Department budget by as much as 30 percent. One of the areas hardest hit could be foreign aid, which has long been decried as a source of wasteful spending by nationalists — money that could be spent on rebuilding infrastructure at home rather than in faraway countries.

The Hill reports that the 30 percent number, which could be cut as much as half by budget negotiations in the House, has even former Republican administration officials spooked.

“We have never before seen a third of their budget potentially being eliminated,” Anita McBride, who worked in the Bush and Reagan administrations, told the outlet. “If we pull back too much and it affects the good work on the ground, those countries will see it as a reason to not invest as much as they should.”

The Hill also reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has lost influence to other administration officials, such as Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.

However, Tillerson embarked on a tour of the Persian Gulf region this week in an attempt to end the blockade of Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its allies in the region. He signed an anti-terror funding pact with Qatar earlier this week, the latest in a number of high-profile trips by the former Exxon CEO.

But despite the business-as-usual appearance of much of the State Department, those officials speaking to The Hill paint a picture of great concern to globalists — yet likely to be met with glee by those keen on an “America First” foreign policy.

“It is top-to-bottom a dismissing of the State Department,” Gordon Adams, a senior Clinton White House official, told The Hill. “This is about the most systematic dismantling of a federal department that I’ve witnessed.”

Adam Shaw is a Breitbart News politics reporter based in New York. Follow Adam on Twitter:  @AdamShawNY

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Mr Trump, just fire any Obama appointed State official who will not agree to work within your policies AND whose personal preferences do not conflict with yours.
THAT would be "draining the swamp"

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Have they found the missing Billions that Hillary lost or was it transferred to her bank account? Clean up the STATE DEPARTMENT!

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Let's clarify terms
. Nationalists: We the taxpaying patriots of USA who cheer at the thought to MAGA.
. Globalists: Are the establishment which is the shadow government directed by a cartel of International and Big Bankers who control us (our country) as a legal corporation. This cartel also controls the NWO via the UN, One World Bank, IMF and their international laws which emanate from the headquarters in Brussels and foreign based banks.
. I cannot think of any agency or department recently established or expanded by the 'Establishment' that benefits “We the People”. These entities use our taxpayer funds for their corporate research/studies to only benefit themselves or create barriers for competition [E.G. limit new medicine or product approvals while hiding proof to continue their use of harmful but profitable ones].
. Within Establishment leadership, many are secretly entrapped by or members to Skull and Bones, Bilderberg, Illuminati, Bohemian Grove, … and I cannot identify one with a Biblical world view. In 2012 the DNC eliminated and denounced all mention of or references to God.
. Please pray and also thank God for answering our election prayers.

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debra shawver Written by debra shawver
July 16, 2017
Gene, I could not agree with you more......trouble is...is there are LOTS of stupid Americans that have been brainwashed over the years and think this crap is OK...why they vehemently hate President Trump and we deplorables......the ONLY way I have made inroads with this group...esp. snowflakes millenials is one on one...and re-educate them. If we ALL do this...then and only then can we wake them up to the disaster we are headed for and try to avert it. I am for firing every single hold over from billy boy clinton and bush Sr on.....all of them one worlder's.

Screw the State Department former officials, we see how they ran it and now it's time for change. Drain the Swamp, clean up what Clinton did to damage the department. Why wait?

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Peggy Gilliam Written by Peggy Gilliam
July 15, 2017
Death to the NWO !!

How dare Trump want to help our Citizens and Veterans before these other countries!! We already give more than any other country in aide!!! Fthese Libtyrds!! Make these Demorat turds spend their money if they want globalism so bad!!!

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This is great news! If the globalists are "worried" it means that Trump is doing the right thing! Go Trump! America first! Make America Great Again!

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Robert Webster Written by Robert Webster
July 15, 2017
It does seem to some that we live in an isolated country where the only thing there is to worry about is right here at home. Such a childish, selfish attitude is what has held the world back from greater things.
It is a GLOBAL WORLD and no one can stop it, it is all part of evolution, going from little to big. If it were not for a caring country where would we be in world politics, why is there all these GLOBAL meeting which all or representatives of the USA have to attend and work with other countries.
HAVE A NICE DAY
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Jackson Brannon Written by Jackson Brannon
July 15, 2017
Maybe Robert should send all of his money to these other countries!! He obviously thinks we should be responsible for the world while we treat our Veterans and elserly like crap and starve them!!! SICK!!!
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boyd conklin Written by boyd conklin
July 15, 2017
The bigger they are (global) the harder they fall. I'd rather have countries that collapse, instead of the world collapsing.

Well it is about time the US state department started working for American interest, instead of the globalist's interest!

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I must have missed my high school civics class discussing the four co-equal branches of the Federal Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial, and State Department.

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It is distressing to read the false propaganda statement that president Assad of Syria and troops used gas against anyone. All investigations have proved that the CIA-MOSSAD operatives used gas and set it up to appear that Syrian forces were guilty. It is a shame when president Trump and representatives permit such lies to continue to be printed.

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Most being liberals afraid of losing their jobs and or power.

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(Updated: July 15, 2017)

Obama increased the State Dept by 30%-33%. This will restore us to previous levels. Since when do republicans want larger government? The increase in military spending has to come from somewhere.
Another point is that if they care so much about adding people, why is it taking so long to confirm the nominees currently in the queue?

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These State Department officials have forgotten who they work for and what their job really is. They support this country, not foreign national and particularly not nations who have demonstrated their hate for this country. They are also not there to sell influence and access to enrich themselves like Hillary Clinton did under Obama.

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So, this "news" is based on "former administration officials" being "suspicious?" Have I got that right? I hope like hell they are working to dismiss and exclude any "globalization" efforts with foreign countries in regards to government. Nasty communist and socialist working within our government should be dismissed immediately!

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Tom Schwander Written by Tom Schwander
July 15, 2017
The liberals seem to think that we Americans owe the world a living. Not so and it's way past time for America be at the head of the chow line. Perhaps if America was to require the other countries to start taking care of their own themselves their citizens would quit sneaking into America and the few western countries that the citizens work for a living.

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