What, exactly, are these career State Department bureaucrats angry about?
They’re mad that several of them “were demoted or sidelined following attacks by the conservative media.”
They complain about what they see as Trump’s “dangerous brand of diplomatic malpractice.”
They’re upset that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo didn’t publicly support Marie Yavonovitch after Trump removed her from her post as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, and that Pompeo “is willing to sell out the department to keep favor with Trump.”
They’re also enraged that Pompeo gave a speech to the American Association of Christian Counselors and talked openly about the importance of his faith. That, according to Politico, “troubled many diplomats.”
William Burns, deputy secretary of State under President Barack Obama, declared in an article in Foreign Affairs said to “turned heads” in Washington that Trump’s treatment of State Department officials was akin to Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s “savage campaign against ‘disloyalty’ in the State Department.”
Burns conveniently overlooks the fact that there were communists in the State Department. And Pompeo remarked that he appeared to be auditioning to be Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s secretary of state.”
The AP story is more of the same. Diplomats are fuming because of Trump’s push to cut budgets and staff, and this is “a moment of catharsis.”
It’s all about iron rice bowls — the Constitution, rule of law, and political tradition be damned.
These are the same people, as Glenn has pointed out, shrieking that Trump is the one ignoring the constitution, rule of law, and political tradition.