The Politicization of the State Department
The Atlantic features an article on the politicization of the State Department under Trump, Tillerson and Pompeo. They have tried to demand complete loyalty from State Department officers to the Trump agenda. They have forced out some senior Foreign Service officers, and many others left what they felt was a politically charged atmosphere which accepted no input from career officers. It reached a peak during the Trump impeachment hearings, and was illustrated by the drafting of an Orwellian ” professional ethos statement” that seemed to challenge professional officers’ loyalty.