ZOMG! They’re Draining The Swamp!! (UPDATED)

Leftist Freak-Out Of The Day:

The State Department’s entire senior administrative team just resigned

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s job running the State Department just got considerably more difficult. The entire senior level of management officials resigned Wednesday, part of an ongoing mass exodus of senior foreign service officers who don’t want to stick around for the Trump era.

Tillerson was actually inside the State Department’s headquarters in Foggy Bottom on Wednesday, taking meetings and getting the lay of the land. I reported Wednesday morning that the Trump team was narrowing its search for his No. 2, and that it was looking to replace the State Department’s long-serving undersecretary for management, Patrick Kennedy. Kennedy, who has been in that job for nine years, was actively involved in the transition and was angling to keep that job under Tillerson, three State Department officials told me.

Then suddenly on Wednesday afternoon, Kennedy and three of his top officials resigned unexpectedly, four State Department officials confirmed. Assistant Secretary of State for Administration Joyce Anne Barr, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Michele Bond and Ambassador Gentry O. Smith, director of the Office of Foreign Missions, followed him out the door. All are career foreign service officers who have served under both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Kennedy will retire from the foreign service at the end of the month, officials said. The other officials could be given assignments elsewhere in the foreign service.

In addition, Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr retired Jan. 20, and the director of the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations, Lydia Muniz, departed the same day. That amounts to a near-complete housecleaning of all the senior officials that deal with managing the State Department, its overseas posts and its people.

“It’s the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember, and that’s incredibly difficult to replicate,” said David Wade, who served as State Department chief of staff under Secretary of State John Kerry. “Department expertise in security, management, administrative and consular positions in particular are very difficult to replicate and particularly difficult to find in the private sector.”

A new broom sweeps clean. The most expendable people in the bloated federal bureaucracy are the upper and middle management. The people at the bottom actually do the work. President Trump will never break the power of entrenched bureaucrats by firing janitors and clerks.

And just as I predicted, as soon as President Trump began making cuts the news media began screaming that each and every government employee is vital and irreplaceable.

I just wish that President Trump had brought them all into a meeting on live television and told them “You’re fired!



Two senior administration officials said Thursday that the Trump administration told four top State Department management officials that their services were no longer needed as part of an effort to “clean house” at Foggy Bottom.

Patrick Kennedy, who served for nine years as the undersecretary for management, Assistant Secretaries for Administration and Consular Affairs Michele Bond and Joyce Anne Barr, and Ambassador Gentry Smith, director of the Office for Foreign Missions, were sent letters by the White House that their service was no longer required, the sources told CNN.

All four, career officers serving in positions appointed by the President, submitted letters of resignation per tradition at the beginning of a new administration.

The letters from the White House said that their resignations were accepted and they were thanked for their service.

The White House usually asks career officials in such positions to stay on for a few months until their successors are confirmed.

“Any implication that that these four people quit is wrong,” one senior State Department official said. “These people are loyal to the secretary, the President and to the State Department. There is just not any attempt here to dis the President. People are not quitting and running away in disgust. This is the White House cleaning house.”

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81 Responses to ZOMG! They’re Draining The Swamp!! (UPDATED)

  1. The State Department offices in Foggy Bottom were built on former swampland. Trump is literally draining the swamp.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    This young man needs to go to work for Dr. Carson and his outreach at HUD.

  3. taw46 says:

    They think it is difficult to find that expertise in the private sector? We just found a talented President there.

    • Lulu says:

      And Tillerson. He is a brilliant manager. This is a hostile takeover and the old, failing, Benghazi, Arab Spring failures are in the way. A new generation at State gets their chance.

  4. taw46 says:

  5. SHV says:

    Patrick Kennedy is the poster child for the Swamp. He has been involved in a lot of the State Dept. dirty business for 10 years, including Benghazi, ISIS, etc. Should be on trial for attempted bribery of FBI when he attempted to help coverup Hillary e-mail.

    • mcnorman says:

      That’s right, he was the one in the middle telling the FBI to excuse some of the emails…they were an accident. Then the accident became too many emails to excuse. I heard that he was labeled the “fixer” and should have been taken to task over the breech as well as Hillary.

  6. votermom says:

    I was on an errand – I guess I missed President Trump’s speech to the GOPers. What did he say?

  7. taw46 says:

    I told you, we need a spreadsheet to keep up with all this winning, lol.

  8. DandyTIger says:

    Still not tired of all the winning.

  9. Dora says:

    He’s The Boss!

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Fingers crossed the DHS swamp is drained of top management too.

    • elliesmom says:

      I would have liked an answer to this- Many people, even ones who get benefits through their jobs, now have personal and family deductibles so high that unless someone gets really sick, they never get to use their insurance. Wouldn’t those people be better off with a catastrophic policy? Something that is no longer available?

  11. taw46 says:

  12. Somebody says:

    I hope they continue the house cleaning at other agencies. Then I hope they promote some of the rank and file instead of a bunch of political appointees. There are good people within the agencies that can be tapped, in fact Ronald Reagan did that. Not all federal employees are partisan hacks there are patriotic white hats in every agency.

    I think a good mix of outsiders with business acumen, combined with promotion of some civil servants familiar with and dedicated to the missions of each agency would be a big win for we the people.

  13. Dora says:

    I didn’t see her name in the above article. This is a reason for another Happy Dance. 🙂


    Victoria Nuland, the State Department’s assistant secretary for Europe, was also not asked to stay on.


  14. DeniseVB says:


  15. DeniseVB says:

    AHA! I guessed right 😀

  16. taw46 says:

  17. He is draining deep state first. Thank Fucking God.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Always remember, it’s a two way street. And anyone gets to define nazi anyway they like.

    • John Denney says:

      I once had a dream where I saw a Nazi officer, complete with dueling scar, long black cigarette holder, and monacle, sneering down at a damsel as he twisted her wrist to force her into submission. He didn’t see me, and enraged I charged at him. He turned toward me at the last moment and I slugged him in the gut with all my strength and momentum. He doubled over and fell to the ground as the damsel ran away. As I stood huffing triumphantly over him, he began to shrink, and continued to to so until he was just a little baby in a diaper, gasping for breath, most of the front of his torso covered by an ugly purple bruise from my fist.
      I felt awful.

  18. mothy67 says:

    I cannot keep up. He fires a buckshot everyday.
    What is it mad about yesterday. New sjw trigger today oops wait new sjw trigger no wait another

    MEDIA ===

  19. CiscoKid says:

    “Department expertise in security, management, administrative and consular positions in particular are very difficult to replicate and particularly difficult to find in the private sector”
    No one in any organization is more valuable than the organization.
    In the entire US there aren’t people than can do this job and do it successfully?
    We know the failures of Kerry’s State Department, certainly we can find people than can fuck up foreign policy as horribly as he did.

  20. mothy67 says:

    Why are Portugal, Spain, and France never included in slave stories. Only white man do bad???

  21. mcnorman says:

    I sure hope that they get that swamp under control soon. The link below serves to tell the story of what our military has to put with. https://huwieler.net/2017/01/18/chelsea-manning-in-basic-combat-training/

    • Ann says:

      The twitter join date for @AltNatParkSer is Joined May 2015, 1.3M followers. What was going on during May of 2015 in the Obama administration that that was set up?

      @AltStateDpt was just set up, so that is in response to the Trump administration.

  22. Dora says:

    Oh no. Not more winning. I can’t take much more. This is a big win too. 🙂

  23. Dora says:

    He’s right. It is the opposition party.

  24. That’s Jared Kushner. He’s comparing Ivanka to a dog.

  25. Dora says:


    • DandyTIger says:

      So Dems are for the 1%, foreign wars, free trade, they’re racist, and they’re for states rights. Repubs now are for the working class, (non gov.) unions, fair trade, and are against foreign wars. Cool.

  26. mothy67 says:

    Does anyone else think Jared has beautiful skin? Not in a gay way. A certain health that draws you to him. Juxtapose if you with a John Kerry or Joy Behar a Madonna. Pelosi. 99.99% of congress. So much artiface. I actually feel like I could catch something from madonna or kerry. He has the face of an innocent yet I find myself watching him on stage. It’s not a gay thing but it is refreshing. Perhaps I just want to believe. I am 100% behind Trump. Live in real world. He is flawed. I think he is sober. Always has been. I trust him. Press gets drunk metaphorically and literally. I have kicked back a few with a list journalists. Imagine if you spent 50 years stone cold sober in a world of excess. What might you witness from the top of an empire. He has known everyone for 50 years. Studio 54? He watched players play and learned.
    Muir asked him about sleeping. Dumbest question ever. I wish he would have said holding vlad
    Speaking of gay did you notice how many times camera paid attention to xavid muirs haircut. The brushing in the back of the collar. Just a hint of mertrosexual. K

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