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In Hearing, Letter, U.S. Senators Express Concern Over Tillerson’s State Department Plans

Newsweek: Rex Tillerson’s State Department Is Putting America In Danger, Say Alarmed Senators
“An exodus of career diplomats and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s project to slash and burn parts of the State Department has created an ‘alarming’ situation, say senators. ‘We put our country in danger when we do not give adequate voice and resources to our all [sic] country’s national security tools,’ said Maryland Senator Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tuesday during a hearing…” (Lanktree, 11/15).

Washington Post: State Department’s plan for staff cuts causing new worry in Congress
“…In the latest example, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday to lift a hiring freeze and promote experienced Foreign Service officers, requesting in a letter more details about Tillerson’s reorganization plan. Citing reports of declining morale, recruitment, and retention levels, the senators wrote that ‘America’s diplomatic power is being weakened internally as complex, global crises are growing externally.’ Tillerson’s management decisions, they say, ‘threaten to undermine the long-term health and effectiveness of American diplomacy’…” (Morello, 11/15).

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