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>> President Donald Trump, cleaning house in the top ranks of the State Department. Sources telling Reuters that Trump accepted the resignation of at least four top level foreign service executives appointed by former president, Obama. Reuter's learning the officials were told their services were no longer needed after Friday.
The departures coming after a Meet and Greet Wednesday by Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobil. The exodus first reported by the Washington Post, including the state department's long serving Undersecretary for management, Patrick Kennedy, who had been deeply involved in the transition, and Thomas Countryman, the acting undersecretary for arms control and international security.
All of this coming before Tillerson is confirmed by the Senate, making him unable to appoint anyone to fill the critical roles. He's unlikely to get a Senate Vote for several more days. During the campaign, Trump made the state department and then secretary, John Kerry frequent targets. He said he'll rethink many of the nation's alliances and international commitments.