SWAMP-DRAIN: Trump Efforts to Remake State Dept Have Former Officials Nervous

(Breitbart) 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.

Rex Tillerson photo

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Photo by UNC – CFC – USFK (CC)

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….

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  • richard black

    nationalist faction ???? ok…the demoncraps..the antifas….the deep state…and the list goes on !!!

  • Lqqkout

    “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.”

    It’s about time liberals and Obama appointees finally grasp why Trump was elected.

    • bert shaw

      The snowflakes better gear up, were only 6 months into President Trumps reign, we have another 7 1/2 yrs to go.(did you hear my OBOZZO that was PRESIDENT TRUMP you worthless POS PERIOD God Bless President Trump, God Bless the United States of America SEMPER- FI MAGA

      • AKLady

        Oh, a nursery school name caller.
        Seven moths into his Presidency, and Trump has not even appointed replacements for the last Administration.
        God help the US, the inexperienced man in the White House has not idea of how to do his job. He cannot even timely make Administration appointments.

        • Les Prangley

          Not when the Progressives are delaying everyone as much as they can nimrod.

          • AKLady

            Excuse, excuse, excuse ..
            Pay attention — Republicans control both Houses of Congress.

          • Les Prangley

            No excuses… reality. Things are slowly getting done despite the Progressive obstructionism. Would be getting completed a lot faster with some co-operation.

          • AKLady

            Pay attention — Republicans control both Houses of Congress.

          • Forrest K. Wright

            so what ??? , you and your kind are dead set against what is good for this Country .

          • AKLady

            Are you a red-state dropout or just pretending to be an America?

          • Forrest K. Wright

            ??? is who controls your thinking and your mouth .

          • AKLady

            What country are you in?
            You are not an American.

          • AKLady

            Education, knowledge, fact, truth …
            What about your, which seems to be mostly childish insults.

          • Ronald Nelson

            AK the GOP doesn’t have the requisite super-majority to ram thru Trump’s appointees… the Demon-craps have been obstructing his appointments and his legislative initatives from the get go.

            Vote GOP during the Mid-Terms and see just how quick Trump’s programs are approved… give the GOP the super-majority they need 60 plus seats in the US Senate and increase the numbers in the House of Representatives… stop the obstructionist Demon-craps from dumping their crap on America.

          • AKLady

            Name calling is nursery school behavior
            With sew language added on top, it is more offensive.
            Frankly, I wish the Dems all the luck.
            Trump is trying to take the Nation 50 years into the past.
            Then there is the Russia connections …
            It was Russian investors that bailed out his last bankruptcy.

          • Ronald Nelson

            Using applicable Pseudonyms to depict the nature of ones opponents is not nursery school behavior… Rather, it is a long held practice by political opponents and serves as an expedient form of describing the nature of ones opponent and/or the rift that exists between the parties.

            I certainly hope that Trump doesn’t stop at taking the Nation 50 yrs into the past… He needs to take the Nation back 70 years, if he is to restore the American Dream, Constitutional Government, our Nation’s Christian heritage… to make America Great again.

          • AKLady

            “Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.”
            ~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814,

            “Every new and successful example of a perfect separation between ecclesiastical and civil matters is of importance.”
            ~Founding Father James Madison, letter, 1822

            “Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law. Take away the law-establishment, and every religion re-assumes its original benignity.”
            ~Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man, 1791

            “The legislature of the United States shall pass no law on the subject of religion.”
            ~Founding Father Charles Pinckney, Constitutional Convention, 1787

          • Ronald Nelson

            Someone must have slept thru law school… English Common Law directly descended from Christian and Roman roots… with the Colonial version of English Common law heavily influenced by God’s Law as codified in the Holy Scriptures.

            Of course, what passes as modern scholarship and academia is nothing more than revisionist history… The intelligentsia of today, like the Democrat Party, has divorced itself from mainstream history … and the accounts of past historians. Choosing rather, to embrace their mentor’s Marxist world views, while rejecting our Christian heritage and cultural foundations.

          • AKLady

            Maybe you should improve your reading comprehension.
            You really need to lean what quote marks indicate.

          • Ronald Nelson

            First, what quotation marks… Next, the writing style used by bloggers is not meant to meet stringent academic standards. Blog communications should be open, free, and engaging. Those who nitpick grammar and the English used need to find a suitable format for such diversionary rhetoric. We will continue to write in a style we believe is both effective, engaging, and interesting.

          • AKLady

            You replied to a post I put-up that consisted of quotes. Statements made by famous men. That response was basically nonsense.

            Jefferson was probably one of the least religious of the Founders. He held religion in high contempt, Jefferson went so fat as to produce his own Bible, consisting only of the word of God and Jesus.

            The Founders were anything but a devout and religious group of men. Many were not Christian. The majority were Unitarian and Deist,

          • Ronald Nelson

            Wrong again… at least you are consistent.

            Here is what Jefferson actually believed regarding religion and government:

            Thomas Jefferson on Politics & Government

            “Because religious belief, or non-belief, is such an important part of every person’s life, freedom of religion affects every individual. Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of an established religion tends to make the clergy unresponsive to their own people, and leads to corruption within religion itself…”

            “We have solved, by fair experiment, the great and interesting question whether freedom of religion is compatible with order in government and obedience to the laws. And we have experienced the quiet as well as the comfort which results from leaving every one to profess freely and openly those principles of religion which are the inductions of his own reason and the serious convictions of his own inquiries.” –Thomas Jefferson: Reply to Virginia Baptists, 1808. ME 16:320

            “The constitutional freedom of religion [is] the most inalienable and sacred of all human rights.” –Thomas Jefferson: Virginia Board of Visitors Minutes, 1819. ME 19:416

            “Among the most inestimable of our blessings, also, is that… of liberty to worship our Creator in the way we think most agreeable to His will; a liberty deemed in other countries incompatible with good government and yet proved by our experience to be its best support.” –Thomas Jefferson: Reply to John Thomas et al., 1807. ME 16:291

            “In our early struggles for liberty, religious freedom could not fail to become a primary object.” –Thomas Jefferson to Baltimore Baptists, 1808. ME 16:317

            “Religion, as well as reason, confirms the soundness of those principles on which our government has been founded and its rights asserted.” –Thomas Jefferson to P. H. Wendover, 1815. ME 14:283

            “One of the amendments to the Constitution… expressly declares that ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,’ thereby guarding in the same sentence and under the same words, the freedom of religion, of speech, and of the press; insomuch that whatever violates either throws down the sanctuary which covers the others.” –Thomas Jefferson: Draft Kentucky Resolutions, 1798. ME 17:382

            “The rights [to religious freedom] are of the natural rights of mankind, and… if any act shall be… passed to repeal [an act granting those rights] or to narrow its operation, such act will be an infringement of natural right.” –Thomas Jefferson: Statute for Religious Freedom, 1779. (*) ME 2:303, Papers 2:546

            There is much more to support Jefferson’s and our founding father’s firm support for religion and its favorable effects on government. Our founding father’s embraced God’s precepts for government in our founding documents and Colonial law… too, say otherwise is simply disingenuous and does a disservice to the truth.

          • AKLady

            Jefferson was a Deist.
            You continue to confuse support for freedom with belief.
            Jefferson did not support religion mixed with government — in any way.

          • Ronald Nelson

            Wrong again… at least you’re batting 100%

            Jefferson was a Christian… a Christian is a specific type of Deist. The point being that he believed in God and was in fact a devout man of God.

            Unlike men of today our founders did not mince words about atheist and agnostics… they were despised and shunned … avoided. Jefferson certainly enjoyed the support of the Christian community and I assure you he would not have been so popular if he were an agnostic, deist or of any other faith than Christian.

            You obviously fail to recognize true history and choose to accept the Marxist revisionist world view… of history. We will simply have to agree to disagree.

          • AKLady

            Jefferson was a politician.
            Publically and politically, he was a Christian-in-name-only. Privately, he was an agnostic, who questioned the very existence of God.
            Save your insults and nonsense for someone you can fool with your ignorance. I am not one of them.
            I suggest you put more effort into your history education.

          • Joey

            Thanks Ronald for pointing out the truth. Problem is, you are dealing with an individual that believes she controls her own thinking and mind. She doesn’t and probably never has. She’s just another one of the devil’s minions being used to continue to tear down the fabric of what our founding fathers had in their thinking prosess when writing the constitution.
            They understood what living under tyranny was like and wanted to avoid it like the plague. Your statement of democrats divorcing themselves from historians is very accurate and purposeful, starting with Andrew Jackson, the father of the trail of tears.
            There’s no profit in debating with an insane mind, so the best any of us could do for AKkady is to block her from commenting, thus protecting her from herself. Let her seeth with her own birds of a feather. There’s profit in that for those with understanding and a sane mind.

        • old27

          “the inexperienced man in the White House has not idea of how to do his
          job. He cannot even timely make Administration appointments,” I can only assume that AKLady is a firmly sworn and indoctrinated member of the Dems swamp ready and eager for anarchy, riots and impeding any and all programs and initiatives of the President. It is a sorry comment of our time that there is no reasonable and normal opposition other than anarchists like the son of Kaine who resorted to tossing a bomb.

          • AKLady

            I can only assume you are a well-indoctrinated, right-wing unable to make up their own mind.

          • Forrest K. Wright

            what are the facts according to you ??? . and the Post .

          • Ronald Nelson

            Republican’s unlike their opposition try to run Congress based on the existing rules… minority parties can, under the existing rules, obstruct and deny regular order and due process in Congress.

            The Demon-rats… in fact, have been engaged in obstruction and anarchy on a wide scale ever since Trump took office… In stead of working to constructively and swiftly approve the new Administration the Dems have done everything possible to delay Trump’s appointments… and thus his ability to govern effectively. The Dems’ don’t care that the people suffer from such abuses of power.

            What should happen is the Speaker and Majority Leader in the Senate should come together, review the remaining appointments and establish a system of parliamentarian maneuvers to have them all approved over the next 7 days… However, there are NEVER TRUMPER’s in the GOP that are more akin to Demon-rats than party loyalist … hence, there is little to be done.

          • AKLady

            Name calling, it’s their fault, know-it-all …
            Congress stopped playing like nice girls and boys several decades ago. Like Trump, most do not know how to do their jobs..

        • What’s that you say?

          The Dems are obstructing his every move. It’s all they have. They are a sorry lot. It will take a little more time but When he is finished with his appointments your heads will spin. It will be glorious!

          • AKLady

            Pay attention — Republicans control both Houses of Congress.

          • Forrest K. Wright

            so POST you want to get on my case about me posting the same thing your as 2 faced as AKlady is . what is your excuse ??? .

          • AKLady

            You cannot write English.
            What is your excuse?

    • richard hutchinson

      i am with you get them DIM/O/RATS OUT AND SEND TWO JAIL

      • AKLady

        Nursery school name calling.
        SO impressive !!

        • Forrest K. Wright

          your only hand de cap is who you are listening to .

          • AKLady

            If you are going to insult Americas, maybe you should learn our language first.

    • Sylvia Avila

      Yes, so true!

    • AKLady

      Trump has had seven months to appoint his own people.
      Obviously, he is incompetent to run the Nation.

      • Les Prangley

        “Better to remain silent and thought of as a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”

        • AKLady

          Yes, you should follow that advice.

          He has already violated the Constitution on 30 occasions.
          The most memorable of those was his Muslim ban.
          He is keeping the courts very busy.
          .
          Then of course there is the Emoluments Clause. The Emoluments clause bars Trump from accepting anything of value from a foreign government. It will be interesting to see how those law suits turn out.

          • Les Prangley

            More “Progressive” blathering talking points.

            “Better to remain silent and thought of as a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”

          • AKLady

            Yes, you should follow that advice.

          • Les Prangley

            Cute… Not applicable or relevant but very cute. Say goodnight Gracie.

          • AKLady

            More “right-wing” blathering and talking points.
            If you are going to insult our government, and our people, please try to write English properly.

          • Les Prangley

            ZIP it troll. You are getting repetitive and boring.

          • AKLady

            Nursery school name calling.
            Childish insult.
            I am impressed …

          • Les Prangley

            Not only are you a troll but you apparently are an illiterate troll. I said ZIP it. Do you not understand english?

            Your posts are becoming repetitive, Alinskyite and completely boring. You had better show some improvement or George will cut off your cash cow.

          • AKLady

            In America, we capitalize proper nouns.
            What was it you were saying about English?
            .
            Oh, and while you are free to insult, you di not have the authority to tell anyone what they can, or cannot do.

          • Les Prangley

            Wrong again Troll.

          • AKLady

            More infantile name calling.
            I’m, more impressed by the post,
            just not in the way you desire.

          • Les Prangley

            Troll. Say g’night Gracie.

          • AKLady

            More infantile name calling.
            I’m, more impressed by the post,
            just not in the way you desire.

          • Forrest K. Wright

            says who ??? , you at the POST need to but out , your

          • AKLady

            What country are you in?
            Your language skills say you are not American.

          • Forrest K. Wright

            but there is an Authority that you don’t know yet that will explain things to you soon enough .

          • Forrest K. Wright

            sorry I don’t think anything could EMP you at this point in time , but at some point HE will .

          • Naval Lint

            You should be more honest in your ID…Can’t Understand Normal Thinking (the acronym) would be more accurate.

          • AKLady

            Thank you.
            Your input says so much about you.
            Just another child playing the insult game.

          • americanunity

            You must be getting your information from an someone that doesn’t know the Constitution. All things pertaining to Immigration is totally under the authority of the President. The first judge was wrong on his judgemen which is why ift was overturned by the higher judge.At least three other Presidents have banned Muslim from or country, I believe the first was Thomas Jefferson and the last one ws Jimmy Carter.

            I have heard a lot of noise but no proof that President Trump has received anything from any Foreign country. However ther sis a lot of proof that Obama
            accepted money accepted donation during both election. In addition, there is Mega proof that funds recived though the Clinton foundation during her term as Sec. of state that ws later used to pay for Chelsey’s wedding.

            As far as violations of the Constitution, Obama has a very long history of violations, Not enforcing our laws on immigration is at the top of the list. Creating Obama care is a huger violation. Even though the Supreme court ruled it was okay they violated the Constitution to do so. First, healthcare is not listed as an enurmerated power for the Federal government, therefore only the states have the right to make healthcare laws. Second, the bill was initiated with the Senate and only the House has the authority to initiate a bills for raising revenue. Third, the Supreme court has no authority to write law, therefore when the AFC bill was written, it required everyone to buy a health care policy, if they did not, a financial penalty would be imposed. When the Constitutional question about a tax on the purchase of health care was discussed, the SC said it was unconstitutional to have a penalty. the administration then said hoiw about a tax. The SC then said a tax woud be okay so the Supreme court changed the word to tax. It was not returned to Congress to rewrte the law, therfore it was done illegally.

            Few, if any President’s and Congress have NOT violated the Constitution but in my lifetime, I have not seen as flagrant and intentional violation of our Constitution as Obama; under the puppet master of George Soros.

          • AKLady

            You would be wrong, totally wrong.
            A religious ban would violate the 1st Amendment.
            Suggest that you get a better education.
            .
            If you are going to criticize our government, please learn to
            write our language properly..
            .
            Also, stop with the lies.
            They simply make you look ignorant and foolish.
            .
            Oh, and you further demonstrate your ignorance with the remarks about Obama. Pardon and reprieve are two powers specifically granted to the President by Article II of the Constitution.
            Then there is the very foolish remark about the ACA.
            Congress makes the laws.
            You elect Congress.
            Who is your puppet master. The propaganda you are spewing does not even make sense. Do you make this stuff up all on your own? No, I you are not that bright

          • americanunity

            1. Trump did not issue a religious ban. He and the other presidents that put a ban in affect was to protect against terrorist that happen to come from predominantly Muslim counties until more information can be obtained about their terrorist activities. The President has that authority, with in the national defense laws written by Congress to implement bans when the nation is put in jeapordy and to enforce the immigratiion laws.
            I never said anything about Pardon and reprieve, so I don’know what you are referring to. the foreign money both Obama and Clinton received, his Attorney just didn’t prosecute. That is not allowed, because he took and oath to enforce the law. He can Pardon andor Reprieve, but they have to be tried and found guilty first.

            Congress does make the laws but ther are specific proceedures, as I tried to explain to you, that must be followed.

            I woud like to point out , I have not called you names but have tried to explain a few of the little nuances of the Constitutional laws vs Statute law. A discussion is to suppose to be a civil exchange of thoughts. ideas, questions and facts. Thus each can be open to learn something new or make changes due to new information. When one or both begin to bully by name calling or demeaning it tends to stop the hearing process. Your retort tells me you were never listening so I will refrain from any further attempt to have a discussion with you.

          • AKLady

            “Drive them out,” he said. “Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land. And drive them out of this earth.”

            Dec. 7, 2015, he demanded “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States…” (Note Dec. 7th is Pearl Harbor Day).

            Trump said he was open to creating a “database of all Muslims in America,” and on a few occasions said he would “strongly consider closing some mosques.”
            —————-
            First you insult Obama for “Not enforcing our laws on immigration is at the top of the list.” Then you come back and say “I never said anything about Pardon and reprieve, so I don’know what you are referring to.”
            ____________

            The Presidential Path of Office does not contain any refrence to “enforce the law.” However, it does contain the words “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”.
            The 5th Amendment is part of that Constitution. Maybe you should review it?
            ———-

            You cannot deal in fact, let alone Constitutional Law.

          • Les Prangley

            Wrong again troll. Trump did say “Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land and drive them out of this earth.” but it was in speach in Saudi Arabia to a group of Muslim leaders and the “them” he was referring to were the “radical Islamic terrorists”.

            If you are going to come into the kitchen, get your facts straight.

            Or, better yet, just ZIP it.

          • AKLady

            You deny he said those words, then turn around and admit he did ..
            My facts are correct, you admitted it.

          • Les Prangley

            I see no sense in contiuing this thread as you continually demonstrate that you apparently are incapable of understanding english.

            You are wrong troll. You wrongly implied that Trump made thie comment to apply to all Muslims whereas he was addressing the radical Islamic terrorists… oh yah, and they are Muslims. Get your facts straight. Makes one doubt anything that you post.

            Have a good life… and…

            ZIP it troll. You will be further ahead.

          • AKLady

            You cannot write proper English.
            What country are you in?

          • Les Prangley

            ZIP it troll.

          • AKLady

            You cannot write proper English.
            What country are you in?

          • Les Prangley

            ZIP it troll.

          • AKLady

            ZIP it troll.

          • Les Prangley

            LOL. You flatter me with your attempt at humor.

          • AKLady

            LOL. You flatter me with your attempt at humor.

          • Les Prangley

            Say goodnight Gracie.

          • AKLady

            Say goodnight Gracie.

          • NukeWaste

            Please read what you wrote. Compare that to what he wrote. You are composing your reply before you read the comment. Low sugar?

          • AKLady

            Suggest that you go back and read hat he wrote.

            Pay close attention to the word “Muslim”
            Then there is the rehash of the Obama garbage.
            On top of that, there is the rehash of the Clinton garbage.
            .
            Maybe you should increase your reading comprehension.

          • NukeWaste

            There won’t be any problem. Go home. You are like the 45 year old wall slammer trying to hang out with the 22 year olds. Just go home. Annoy your grandkids. Pay them off. It is the libturd way.

          • AKLady

            Two of my children, and one of my grandchildren are currently on active duty in Afghanistan. By the way, I served two tours at combat hospitals in Vietnam.

            Save your childish name calling and insults for someone you can impress. I’m not one of them

          • Forrest K. Wright

            your right what you said , but that don’t count and why did you go an serve in Vietnam ??? .

          • AKLady

            Uncle Same paid my medical school tuition.
            I paid him back with six years of my life.

          • Forrest K. Wright

            speak for yourself you and your kind have broken almost every law on the books .

          • AKLady

            Back to the name calling and insults.
            I’m proud not t be your kind, I.e., rude and childish.

      • Someone from the South

        It maybe taking this administration longer, but he has to drain the swamp at the same time. The Demwits are busybout there killing people to cover up what mistakes & criminal activity they have in attempting to give in to the Socialist/Communist Sharia Law in order to control the masses even more. So doesn’t sound like they can get anything done without destruction & making America a killing field. Now that they are found out it will take some time to get back to the Law of Rule, the Law of Our Constitution, Bill of Rights, & The Declaration of Independence as we are already on our way & waving our Soviergn Flag High & with Dignity!!
        Demwits are killing their own in record numbers as if we are a third world nation. If this is what they want then they need to take their immigrants & go to the parts of the world where they can practice all of these evil rituals of uncivility, like
        The Middle East, some African countries, Pakistan, Indonesia, etc. The People & the American Government as it was written by our forefathers…NOT the Homosexusl Transgenders that were in our WH the Obama FREAKS! These people are total criminals from the beginning of the multiples of SS#’s to the birth certificate to who’s wearing the balls!! We intend to restore Democracy, foreign diplomacy, restore Faith in the Christian religion, Patriotism, restore & revamp educational materials & the entire educational system to bring it back up to meet international standards, we intend to restore the Law of the Land & prosecute those who have broken the Law right down to sending as many immigrants back to where they belong!! Itbis the time the American people get what the have built & paid for!! We do not even want to concern ourselves with these insecure creatures who want to whine about what color God made them! We are a country of diverse races & we were doing fine until the Demwits wanted total control & globalization so these few could have MORE power over the masses, so the once again started chaos among the races to divide the people, to make it easier to get support to commit these crimes. Wske up snowflake it’s July 2017 & a rebuild has already begun, one U will NOT stop, because these criminals have already buried themselves in inadequacy. These people have even botched their criminal activities, all these suicides have turned out to be MURDERS!!
        Heads are rolling as we speak & all these weak leakers are snitchin!! The Demwits are at a place where they are gonna fold, as they cannot even rebuild…they’ll be divided & will have split entities & neither will be as strong to hold on in the race!! Catch up on what is really taking place & go inside, get the snow cover of ur head & read what’s happening. Bill Clinton is on his last leg, Hillary will NEVER become President as she’s sick & old & STUPID!!! We do not care if the Muzzies take her, because they won’t keep her either.
        The DNC is pretty much doomed for a long stretch!

      • Forrest K. Wright

        the truth will win out over your lies , have a good day .

        • AKLady

          You are living in a fantasy world.

  • Lillian DeVore

    Obama increased the State Dept 30%, this just brings it back to pre-Obama days. I heard some republicans protest the cuts, too. I used to think republicans supported smaller government. If they are so concerned about not having enough people, maybe they should focus more on confirming his nominations to important positions.

    • Gerry Costa

      Yo Lillian — it is the demoTRASH who are holding up Pres. Trump’s nominations.

      • AKLady

        Really?
        What nominations might those be?

        • Naval Lint

          Most, if not all, of them. Your “talking points” didn’t cover that?

          • AKLady

            The little boy playing the insult game.
            It could actually be comedy if he worked harder at it.

    • Sylvia Avila

      I really believe some GOP in Clinton’s pocket! They prove it by working against our President Agenda! NO re-election for them!

      • Lillian DeVore

        Maybe the democrats infiltrated the GOP? Here’s an idea: Have republicans run as democrats in blue states, but after they get elected, they can vote with the GOP on issues. If we have one republican running on the republican ticket, and one republican running on the democrat ticket, we can’t lose.

        • AKLady

          Wow, a Republican that advertises their dishonesty.
          Purely amazing.

          • Lillian DeVore

            I’m trying to think like a democrat. It’s important to understand the opposition.

          • davidnrobyn

            Her dishonesty. There’s only one person there.

        • Les Prangley

          You mesn copy what the Progressives are doing?

        • davidnrobyn

          Yeah we can, if they both vote liberal, as is likely.

        • Sylvia Avila

          Won’t work, these people have NO common sense, integrity, honesty or any good in them! It seems they have seriously gone over to the Dark side! How did our Government get so bad? I believe it was Obama’s fault for 8yrs. he preach hate, fear, prejudice, and division! Now the seeds are growing, we need to pull out the weed! Before we are living in Fascist/Military Gov’t!

      • AKLady

        What does Clinton have to do with it?
        Is that an excuse for your guy’s incompetence?

      • Ramah Lee

        for sure john McCain, rand paul, graham, paul ryan all traitors to the people, they all want to be president, they need to grease up and move on!!

    • AKLady

      Yet more Trump Administration lies.
      Have you not yet figured out what he is?
      Trump is a snake oil salesman.

      • Lillian DeVore

        For a snake oil salesman, he’s sure getting a lot accomplished in a short time. I did not make up the increase in the State Dept. I read the Daily on Defense articles.

        • AKLady

          Exactly what do you think he has accomplished?

          How do you think the American people were protected by his ending the requirement for federal contrators to disclose and correct serious safety violations?

          How do you think the American people were protected by his ending the requirement for internet service providers to get permission from customers before sharing personal data?

          How do you think the American people were protected by his issuing a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline? Before you answer that one, suggest you talk to the people of Valdez, Alaska. Do you really think 3,000 temporary jobs are worth the pollution and risk to America’s bread basket?

          How do you think Americans were protected by his reversing regualtions designed to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill? http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/28/politics/guns-mental-health-rule/

          What he has accomplished is pulling a lot of wool over your eyes.

          • Les Prangley

            Again, you are watching way too much television news.

          • AKLady

            Maybe you should give up your TV addiction.
            I have not turned mine on in over a year.

          • Naval Lint

            You don’t need TV because the DNC has pre-loaded your email with “talking points”. You toe the line and march in step with your Nazi associates quite well. Der Fuhrer would be proud of what you Liberals are today.

        • AKLady

          Like what, exactly?

      • Les Prangley

        And you watch way to much television news.

        • AKLady

          I have not turned my television on in over a year.
          Maybw you should give up your addiction to the boob tube.

  • Gerry Costa

    Key word here is “former” — they need to STFU and allow Pres. Trump and his cabinet do their jobs. They had their chance and obviously failed big time. I would not listen to any of them looking at the state of this country.

  • Bob in Florida

    The fact that Stewart Patrick ( who served on the policy planning staff at the State Department under the George W. Bush administration), was quoted as saying, “. . . and hamper its abilities to pursue policies that would be considered overly globalist.” is exactly one of the reasons we want these people out of the State Department.
    We don’t want to ‘pursue policies that would be consider overly globalist’!

  • Raymond Miller

    The State Dept. is one of the bureaucracy’s he has to watch very closely, they will stab him in the back at every opportunity, just ask W he can tell you what happened to him, thanks to Colin Powell and his treachery. They run foreign policy, in most cases in direct opposition to any Republican President.

    • Sylvia Avila

      so right you are, time running out, still too many Obama’s spies in WH! really needs to Fire then fast!

      • AKLady

        Ha, ha, ha …
        Obama served two tours.
        He has no authority of any type.

        • Naval Lint

          Neither do you…or any common sense, for that matter, School Marm.

          • AKLady

            Thank you.
            Your input is always welcome
            It says so much about you.
            .
            Oh, and I see you are still using the alternate name to up-vote your comments.

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  • ron

    The State Department bureaucracy is filled with so-called progressive (I would say regressive) thinkers that are directly opposed to what Trump wants to do, that is to put America first. These bureaucrats believe they know better than an “inexperienced” leader, the American voter, those with a more conservative viewpoint, or those who support a capitalistic (non-socialistic) system. In reality, their claim of a broad worldly view is an anti-American narrow one. Their political philosophy reeks of a Soros-like, UN-like, Obama-like (remember the apology tour) view of the World that places America’s interest after what they define (by convoluted logic) as global ones. Government Bureaucrats, as politicians, should be subject to term limits.

  • Just Wondering

    President TRUMP has forced the RINO’S and establishment Criminals out of the dark and into the light in their effort to derail and stop His Agenda to drain them and the swamp they live in.

    • Arie Arazi

      The swamp rich will try to fight the president for as long as is possible. This fight will be like an honest president against a giant volcano aims at swallowing America. I think the president will prevaill, King David did against Goliath.

  • Joseph111

    strap on a pair cupcake – there’s a new sheriff in town …!

  • Bill Meyers

    Nationalists? If by that you mean the nation of America, consider me a nationalists. Most global governments are in a pathetic state of affairs. Why would we want to become Part of a one world government? So other nations could take charge, as the UN has done, steal our resources, and leave us in the mess they have, created for themselves. Why would we want that for America. That clearly would lead to a takeover of America.

    • Robert Baird

      That was the idea, Bill.

    • nocbsfan

      We need to get rid of the UN

      • America1st

        But not before we relocate the UN to someplace like Hatai. They need a national industry to pull them from the poorest country in the world. The USA would automatically become much safer by exporting these diplomats. Then NYC could repurpose the UN building into a viable capitalist hub of productivity. Win, win, win.
        MAGA

        • Lqqkout

          Or we could house illegals.

          • nocbsfan

            We need to house illegals in another country.!

          • AKLady

            Exactly.

        • nocbsfan

          Gotcha, I’ll sign the decree Monday Morning

        • AKLady

          Productivity?
          With what, welfare apartments?

          • Naval Lint

            Like the ghettos that Liberals keep blacks locked in?

        • AKLady

          Hatai comes from the Pomo Indian words “kno” and “hatai”, meaning “mountain” and “woman” respectively

          • Naval Lint

            Who cares?

        • NukeWaste

          Don’t curse Haiti with the UN. Put it in Germany since it is running the EU. Let it pay the freight.

      • AKLady

        Right, let another country bank all the income the UN generates for America.

        • nocbsfan

          I believe at the moment the USA is spending more money on the UN than the taxes it generates

          • AKLady

            Taxes is the only thing you can think of?
            You are kidding, right?

            Try $ millions spent on food, clothing and shelter.
            Try $ millions spent of services, materials and entertainment.
            Try $ millions spent on American employee salaries.

          • nocbsfan

            Hi AK my favorite political discussion girl. At the moment the United States owes the UN over 2 billion dollars. Several countries belonging to the UN owes the UN money that could help these countries immensely using it for its own population and government. The UN performance is nearly useless in preventing conflicts around the world, The UN was tried before as the League of Nations proved useless then as well and was dissolved. Who pays attention to it ?

          • AKLady

            Suggest that you inform yourself better.

            Here is a link that should help in that regard: http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/resources/statistics/factsheet.shtml

          • nocbsfan

            OKAY I will read your web site. I didn’t know you were so supportive of the UN, but the United Nation will be disbanded probably soon. I do love debating with you, cause you are one smart cookie.

          • AKLady

            What does supplying a source of factual information have to do with being “so supportive”? I seriously doubt that the UN will be disbanded any time soon. In any case, thank you for the compliment.

          • nocbsfan

            Well I guess that is one , we will just have to wait an see, Thank you for being my friend

          • AKLady

            My pleasure.
            On this site, we both need friends.

          • nocbsfan

            Yep, and I look forward when one party doesn’t have to fight the other, I look for that soon.

          • AKLady

            Humans claim to be civilized,
            however, we have just substituted insults for sharp sticks and clubs.

          • nocbsfan

            You lost me, what are you referring to, or who has stopped verbal abuse and picked up sticks Perhaps you have read something I haven’t yet started on

    • AKLady

      Suggest you better inform yourself.
      That is exactly what exists in America today.
      Not only that, but the 1% has moved their jobs overseas — with your bliessing.
      .
      Keep buying those foreign-made goods.
      Life in America will continue to get worse.

  • satelliter

    The only person in state dept that was not an Obama soldier was fired because she had a picture of Trump on her desk.The (internal) state dept is still working for Obama and ousting any Trump supporters if they can.

  • therealworld

    globalist-minded officials, You are not wanted and will be ALL gone soon. We Are America, PERIOD

  • While I am in favor of reducing all government offices, it has to be done in steps and not create huge numbers of unemployed.

    • America1st

      We will know the swamp is drained only once the unemployment rate around Washington D.C. is above 6%.

      • America1st,

        I agree. That is down the road but Democrats are famous for “empire building”. That has been a huge mistake in government. Lately I have heard that Tillerson is considering a reduction in the State Department. That upsets the Democrats who say that we have so many issues in the world that we should not reduce the staff. That is not always true. Sometimes fewer can accomplish more than lots. Many issues among other nations are similar and fewer people can deal with it better than more.

  • Paula Morris

    I agree with Raymond, many Obama left overs need to get them out and replace with Trump picks, libs need to stop the intentional delays~so sad we have a good business man as POTUS now that is trying to cut the fat in govt., and bring down the horrific deficit Obama left behind ~ too many traitors in various govt depts., we need to see a clean sweep. Vote out the obstructionist;s so we can move forward as a more evolved better society! MAGA

    • Arie Arazi

      Well put.

  • Paul Williamson

    The poor white racist trailer trash who have posted on this page have an average of an eighth grade education, an IQ of 80, an annual income of $20,000 when they can find work, 4 marriages and divorces, 5 illegitimate children, 5 tattoos, two Harleys, a net worth of -$5000, and have never traveled more than 20 miles from where they, their parents, and their grandparents were born. Am I right?.

    • Arie Arazi

      Have you dreamt this statistics or received it from the horse’s mouth Hillary?

    • Phoenix

      What in the World, would make YOU, “Post”, such an EVIL “statement”! Believe it or not, “We, The American People”, who actually WORK, for a living, have Many University degrees & WE, Still Support Trump, because WE, are very TIRED, of Supporting “YOU PEOPLE!

      • America1st

        Democrats have nothing to offer but fear and hate itself.

        Meanwhile, Trump is Making America Great Again!

    • Naval Lint

      And we still kicked your butts in the election, even with all of the fraud, threats and violence from the Left. How does that feel, loser?

  • AKLady

    Impeach Trump before he destroys America.
    Impeach Trump before he insults all of America’s allies.
    Impeach Trump before he restarts the Korean War.

    • therealworld

      You are Paid to disrupt Disrupt, I have seen this EXACT post over 100 times in 2 days and on articles that weren’t even about Trump. Paid Disrupt’er Here

      • AKLady

        Why do you need to tell these lies?
        Why do you embarrass America this way?
        Why do you believe it is acceptable to lie?
        Why do you believe it is acceptable to repeat lies?

        • Ronald Nelson

          AK your moniker says it all… Justice sitting in a wheel chair, blindly limping along. That is where the LEFT… with over 50 yrs of Democrat leadership out of the last 70 yrs…. has left our system of law and order, broken-down and limping along.

          • AKLady

            The image represents the work I do, i.e., provide representation for the injured and disabled. Feel free to insult. It says so much about you.

          • Ronald Nelson

            Let’s hope that your representation is not indicative of your posts and personal moniker.. least the poor and disabled should perish under your care.

  • James Ruddy

    Nationalists? That is the new liberal replacement term for regular everyday Americans. They want to shape peoples minds into thinking Nations are bad, but we are a nation, America, and it’s the only one we have, so we always support our Nation, America, over any and all others…we aren’t Nationalists…we are Americans.

  • Awesome make America great get rid of the liars in the state department and instead of firing them arrest them and give them their date in a criminal court of law and make their sentence severe and long, freeze their assets they stole from the people serving under the crooked corrupt Obama and the crooked corrupt Hillary Clinton which we know are LIARS untrustworthy did honest and KILLERS. All of them needs to be in JAIL.

  • Stuart Cockerham

    Clear out all the liberal Demonic-rats now while there’s still a US of America to defend.

  • AKLady

    Trump is trying to take America back to the 1900s.
    Isolationism won’t keep America safe.

    • Ronald Nelson

      Wrong AK… America First policies are not isolationist they are PRO-American… we can engage the world but we don’t have to ignore our own interests while doing it. We are not the worlds door mat… There is a great difference between constructive engagement and surrendering our sovereignty to promote the interests of others.

      • AKLady

        You can use all the synonyms you want…
        You can skirt around all you want …
        Isolationism is isolationism.
        Also, foreign aid is a lot less expensive than war, which costs the taxpayer 4,000 dead America and an average $1 million per day.

        • Ronald Nelson

          It is not isolationism to engage the world while looking out for ones own interests… that is called intelligent engagement. We don’t need to give away our way of life, to promote constructive trade and political engagement… that is called STUPID.

          I will agree with you that Military engagement… is hardly isolationism. It is, in fact, overt engagement of the highest order. America needs to limit its use of the military, to promote the specific interests of America only… It should not be used to advance the goals of the UN or EU, unless it also supports Americas direct interests… America can better engage third party hostilities, thru constructive foreign policy… including the selective use of foreign and indirect military aid.

          • AKLady

            Pearl Harbor was result of the type of foreign policy Trump
            is putting back in place.
            Bribing id less expensive than war,
            You should try to keep that in mind.

          • Ronald Nelson

            Pearl Harbor was the result of an out of control Japanese war machine… militarism had taken control of their government. The Japanese were already busy expanding their empire in the Pacific when they attacked Pearl Harbor… they needed to secure their shipping lanes and flanks… while, they looked to access raw materials by force of arms. Pearl Harbor was not the result of US policy… it would have happened sooner or later… just as N. Korea is not the result of US policy and will need to be dealt with militarily sooner or later.

            Iran resulted from radical Islamic forces opposing the westernization of Iran…. not some US Policy. Jimmy Carter’s failure to support the Shaw was the primary factor in loosing Iran to the radical Shea Islamist movement.

            Victory in Afghanistan can not be defined by in conventional terms… Afghanistan is basically a collective of regional ‘Gangs’… whose warlords run the country. Independent war lords controlling 10 to a few thousand members, have divided the Nation… and remain in control of isolated regions… They strike at will and then vanishing into the countryside.

            This type of insurgency is akin to the street gangs in our major cities… These gangs (Muslim factions) have been at war among themselves for decades and continue to this day. However it needs to be put into context. America’s gangs in Chicago and our major cities murder as many US citizens annually as are killed by the Taliban and other radical Islamic groups in Afghanistan yearly.

            America must redefine victory in places like Afghanistan… taking into consideration the long term social and economic impact of the radical forces dividing the a country. As long, as the government controls most of the country, is able to provide basic services to a majority of its citizens, and is not in danger of being replaced by force of arms… that should be victory. We have achieved as much as is militarily possible in Afghanistan and need to pull out… leaving only a support system for the Afghan military.

          • AKLady

            Interesting how history becomes changes to suit people on this blog.
            Of course, there are the Ronald’s who wrap in the cloak of self-importance tightly around themselves.

      • Joey

        I agree 100%. We just came out of 8 years of being the worlds door mat and boot licker.
        It’s time to focus on the moral values that built this great country and reestablish helping those in need for the right reasons.

    • Naval Lint

      Removing people like you would be a good start, though. We don’t need globalists and socialist telling us that we HAVE to do anything.

  • Ronald Nelson

    Trump would be advised to consult the Civil Service Regulations and begin a program to weed out those opposed to his America First Policies… fire all those he can immediately and begin the process of demoting, transferring and disciplining, the Never Trump protagonist. I hear the Aleutian Islands need high level diplomats to conduct environmental surveys and too take a census on the Polar Bear Population… How about transferring as many career diplomats as possible to posts in the Aleutian’s and the S. Pole.

    There is more than one way to skin a cat… to thin the ranks of the Progressives, Globalist and Trump protagonist in the State Department… Appoint me as the Human Resources Manager for the State Department and I’ll have every Trump protagonist either fired or resign by the years end…. bye, bye, Clintonites, Obamaites and every Socialist and Pragmatist in the place. Leak under my watch and you’ll find your ship at the bottom of the Bearing Sea…

  • Bo Burress

    The “KEY” word here is “FORMER” state department officials. They had their chance and they screwed it all up. Mr. Trump do whatever it takes to Drain The Swamp.

  • Kirk Kahler

    after eight years of every one other than American’s first the people are ready for that big change ! the people are sick and tired of taking last seat in there own country were illegals have more rights and more state and federal help then the people who are American’s ! the left only wants to keep the people dependent on them to live ! would rather give hand outs and not hand ups ! the left needs the illegals to vote and keep them in office so a plan to put American’s first is not in there agenda !

  • Walter Flatt

    SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE YOU CAN.

    FROM A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT, A KOREAN WAR VET, AND A CHRISTIAN. I AM AN AMERICAN AND PROUDLY, I VOTED FOR TRUMP. I AM 86 AND HAVE NEVER SEEN A MORE QUALIFIED PERSON TO BE PRESIDENT.

    TRUMP NEEDS TO FIRE EVERYONE CONNECTED TO THE DEMOCRATS AND REALLY INVESTIGATE THE REAL MUSLIM PROBLEM WE ARE FACING.

    PUBLIC LAW 414, PAGE 2, SECTION 212 WAS PASSED IN 1952 AND THIS LAW SHOULD BE ENFORCED. IT BANS ALL PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO DESTROY US, THAT INCLUDE A MUSLIMS.

    5 CAMPS IN NORTH VA. CLOSE TO WASHINGTON, A MINIMUM OF 31 MORE CLOSE TO MILITARY BASES, AND A FEMA CAMP, (SOME STATES MORE), IN EVERY STATE. BUILT WITH TAX PAYER $. TO HOUSE MUSLIMS???

    READ THE QURAN, THEIR BIBLE. IF THE CAMPS IN N. VA. ARE TO TAKE DC. WE WILL HAVE A LOT OF HEADLESS POLITICIANS.

    COULD IT BE THAT OBAMA ALONG WITH HILLIARY AND THE NEWS MEDIA, HAVE SET US UP FOR HIM TO LEAD A MUSLIM INVASION OF OUR COUNTRY? IF NOT,

    WHY TRY AND BUY UP ALL AMMO AND TAKE OUR GUNS.

    WHY, WHILE IN OFFICE, DID HE SET HIS CABINET WITH MOSTLY MUSLIMS.

    WHY WAS HILLIARY’S TOP AIDE A RADICAL MUSLIM,

    WHY IS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY FOR A OPEN BORDER. COULD IT BE TO GET FREE DOPE, GOODGLE, THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015 AND LISTEN TO IT ALL.

    WHY ARE ALL MUSLIM CAMPS CLOSE TO OUR MILITARY BASES?

    LAST WHY, DID OBAMA SEND BILLIONS TO HIS MUSLIM FRIENDS.

    THIS COUNTRY HAD BETTER WAKE UP QUICK.

  • Crazy Barry

    Some parts of the swamp are deeper, darker and more dangerous than other parts. The State Dept. is one of those areas.

  • gideonrockwell

    We need to have an America first attitude. Foreign nations are coming in and buying our resources and businesses. Foreign nationals come in legally or illegally to work here and send the bulk of the money to their home nation rather than reinvesting it here. This is because globalists have entered government service and are K street lobbyists and are trying to instill the globalist philosophy in our government. During the Obama Administration there is no telling how many globalists were moved into positions of authority or hired into various agencies in the government. We need to drain the swamp of these people and get back to American first, borders, language and culture.

  • Eguth3

    It should be expected seeing that $6 billion went missing. There was far too much corruption in that department under Obama and Bush Jr. If I had my way, I would demand an audit of all the departments and agencies that Obama politicized. Did anyone check Hillary’s bank account? There’s about $1 billion being hidden by the Clinton’s in Qatar. I guess they don’t want to pay the taxes on it.

  • AKLady

    Name calling is nursery school behavior.
    The sewer language is just as childish.

    • What’s that you say?

      You are a simple condensending hypocrite. A Ms. know it all who knows nothing.

      • AKLady

        Rude is rude.
        Genius not necessary to figure that out.

        • What’s that you say?

          The truth hurts. At least you admit it.

          • Forrest K. Wright

            what you said is true , but doesn’t apply to her , she believes in the lies being told to her .

          • What’s that you say?

            Yeah you’re right. Ignorance

          • AKLady

            Rude is rude.
            Genius is not necessary to figure that out.

    • Forrest K. Wright

      you should know , your mouth and mind are full of it .

      • AKLady

        Are you a red-state dropout?
        Your language skills suggest you are not even an American.

  • AKLady

    More nursery school name calling.

    • Forrest K. Wright

      if I didn’t know better I would say that there was No Hope for you , but I know better than that .

      • AKLady

        Maybe you should learn English,

  • AKLady

    And now we have more sewer language and childish name calling.
    This site claims to be right-wing “conservative” … ha, ha, ha !!

  • Stephen J. Koach

    Two treason related arrests so far out of Foggy Bottom. Keep it up. Drain the swamp.

  • Forrest K. Wright

    sorry she is not smart , but a very foolish person .