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Fresh update on "state department" discussed on BBC World Service
"All would in our house. You see, George had lines on the wall because he will always measure with his height, trying to see how tall he is because he wanted to be taller all the time. Because he loves sports, So he always wanted to be the best boy. Don't somebody called his brother's closeness to their mother and the Trump of not getting to her before she died in 2018. Prosecutors have tried to undermine defense arguments. That Floyd dot is result of underlying health issues and drug use. President Biden met with representatives from major auto companies today to discuss the semiconductor chip shortage that's affecting production. As Alex McLennan of member station W. D T reports representatives from forced Atlantis and General Motors had positive words for Biden after the meeting. Detroit's automakers are hoping the president can push chip manufacturers to make the industry more of a priority, publisher of Automotive website thedetroitbureau dot com Paul Eisenstein says so far during the shortage Card companies have taken a back seat to the consumer electronics industry like 10, 2 years older designs. It is not the sort of business that the chip industry has been willing to go out and race to find a solution for well. Biden's proposed infrastructure plan does include money to invest in domestic semiconductor production. Eisenstein says. It's unclear how much the president can do for the auto industry in the short term for NPR news, I'm Alex McLennan in Detroit on Wall Street. Stocks close slightly lower as investors await the latest AL could look for inflation, that Hell Jones industrial average lost 55 points. The NASDAQ dipped 50 in after hours trading. U. S futures are slightly higher. You're listening to NPR news. Black soldier is suing to Windsor, Virginia police officers over his violent arrest in December, Army Lieutenant Coronas Aria was seeking a million dollars in damages. Ah, video shows the officers pointing guns at Missouri, a one of them pepper sprays him. Japan's government plans to dump tons of radioactive waste water into the Pacific Ocean from Seoul. NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports that the water is being treated and stored in tanks at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Government statement announcing the decision said the water's release would strictly comply with safety standards. It will begin in two years and take decades to finish. Prime Minister Yoshihide Asuka has said the release is unavoidable Water used to cool Fukushima's crippled nuclear reactors as well as contaminated groundwater has been stored in huge tanks of the plant since the 2011 quake and tsunami crippled it. The U. S. State Department says Japan's decision appears to conform to globally accepted nuclear safety standards. Local fishermen, environmental groups and the governments of China and South Korea have strenuously objected to the decision. Anthony Kuhn, NPR NEWS Seoul Iran's foreign minister is calling the weekend attack on the country's key uranium enrichment site, a war crime. Avanza Reef blames Israel for the incident, which is casting a shadow over efforts to resume the U. S nuclear agreement with Iran. Both nations say that the attack will not undermine indirect talks that are said to continue this week.
Source of Piney Point Wastewater Leak Undergoing Repairs
"Com divers had piney Point have been working to secure the leak that led to the dumping of untreated wastewater from the old phosphate processing site into Tampa Bay. Congressman Brian Master represents a treasure Coast on the other side of Florida, says the state Department of Environmental Protection Needs to doom or this incident and Piney Point you look what's happened Previously, it lets you know that that oversight has not been appropriate and needs to be increased. Earlier this week, the state Senate approved $3 million to fund the first stage of clean up at the
Fresh update on "state department" discussed on Mark Levin
"Talk radio 6 80 Wcbm. Japan will release radioactive water in two years since government says it's decided to start releasing massive amounts of radioactive water stored at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant and two years after treatment. The decision, long speculated, but delayed for years due to safety concerns in protests came in a meeting of Cabinet ministers who endorsed the release is the best option. Water's been accumulated and stored in tanks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant since its 2011 meltdown after a massive earthquake and tsunami. Its operator Tokyo Electric Power Company says its storage capacity will be full in the fall of 2022. Keith Peters reporting in Britain, both Prince William and Prince Harry issuing separate statements paying tribute to their grandfather, Prince Philip. He died last week and 99 actually two months shy of 100. Breaking news and analysis. Town hall. Calm talk radio 6 80 wcbm. In the meantime, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says that Prince Philip will be conveyed to his final resting place in a Land rover that he actually designed himself. He was a bubble, a practical man. Who could take something very traditional. Whether a machine or indeed Great national institution. And find a way by his own ingenuity. To improve it. Adapted for the 20th on the 21st Century secretary of state. Blinken is heading to Brussels for talks with both European and NATO allies concerning Afghanistan, Ukraine as well as other matters. State Department says Blank and we'll also have meetings in the Belgian capital Tuesday and will be met there by Secretary Defense Lloyd Austin form or talks More of these stories, a town hall dot com WCBM Baltimore upper level low pressure coming down from Michigan and Ohio heading our way for.
Some Washington State Counties May Need to Go Back to Phase 2 Soon
"Leaders warned that several Washington counties are in danger of moving back to phase two of the state recovery plan. See Fehrenbach with the State Department of Health says the virus is spreading at a higher rate than they'd like seeing an increase in disease activity. We are also starting to see an uptick even and hospitalizations. Fortunately, we have vaccinated a very large portion of our seniors. Phase two means only 25% capacity and restaurants and limited gatherings, among other restrictions Among the counties that currently meet the criteria to go back to Phase two are Pierce Lewis and callous counties in western Washington On Monday, the state will decide what to do with the possible rollbacks going into place on Friday. The
Fresh update on "state department" discussed on Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis
"President Biden's $2.3 Trillion infrastructure plan underway As lawmakers got back to work today, President Biden is again pushing for bipartisanship on a major legislative priority meeting with lawmakers, Republicans and Democrats on the $2 trillion infrastructure proposal. The president doesn't feel that we should pay for this package on the backs of the American people, but he's certainly eager to hear ideas from Democrats and Republicans on alternative. Her secretary Jen Psaki says. Hot. Oh, Hey, for the proposal is negotiable. President Biden proposes increasing the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% on Capitol Hill, Jered how Burnham, Fox News president also used a virtual meeting with corporate leaders about a global shortage of semiconductors to push the infrastructure plan while telling them the U. S should be the leader in manufacturing computer chips. He said the country hasn't made big investments today to stay ahead of global competitors. And it needs to step up its game as the deadline for US troop removal in Afghanistan approaches the nation's top diplomat heads back to Europe's. In a month after his first visit to Europe of Secretary of State Antony Blinken is making another trip. State Department says he'll visit Brussels from Tuesday through Thursday for talks with allies. He'll be joined in part by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. The visit comes as President Biden considers a May 1st deadline to withdraw troops from Afghanistan on In London. Simon Ellen Fox News Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua have pulled production of the runaway slave drama Emancipation from Georgia over the States recently enacted voting law. The film is the largest and most high profile Hollywood production to depart the state since the law went into effect earlier this month. I'm Lisa let Sarah.
U.S. State Department announces new video game diplomacy program
"Nationwide news as the US state department announced a new video game diplomacy program in conjunction with the nonprofit games for change the program seeks to engage over twenty seven hundred students in the US Israel United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in a virtual student Exchange program that will Center on the development and creation of socially impactful video games. The program's official name is The Game Exchange in its initial round will feature under-represented and under-served students from schools in New York City Atlanta and Detroit students will be taught aspects of video game development code in competition and the social impact of video games. The US state department has runs similar projects in years past involving music art stem acting film and radio as part of their diplomacy policies Susanna Pollock president of the program says that game design is a US export weather is US expertise to bring to other parts of birth. While bridging cultural gaps and sharing that expertise
Fresh "State Department" from Todd Schnitt
"Is closed on Rick, You were so news radio 6 10 w y o D. We'll see you're clearing trend taking place overnight here across South Florida was eventually down to the mid sixties. Mostly sunny on Tuesday. IES in the mid to upper eighties sunshine and low eighties on Wednesday with updates around the clock on South Florida's severe weather station. Weather Channel's marked a video one news radio 6 10 W. Y. O D Governor Rhonda's centers called a second cupboard round table to denounce YouTube for removing video of his first one. The governor says the site took down use videos because Panelists comments about masks violated scientific consensus. There also raises the question about whether scientific consensus is something that we want to be governed by in terms of what information's allowed to be out there. The Senate's accused YouTube of enforcing a synthetic concern. Says through Orwellian censorship that he says is making scientists afraid to present contrary opinions about pandemic restrictions. The state Department of Health reported the smallest number of new covert 19 cases in six months. Today, health officials confirm 1600 new infections along with 35 recent resident fatalities for the first time in six decades, Cuba will not have a leader with the last name Castro. Well, Castro's expected to step down as the Communist Party's first secretary general on Friday. Jorge Duany, director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida.
Georgia Covid-19 vaccination dashboard resumes data offering
"Department of Public Health vaccination dashboard resuming its run online, more than 4.26 million doses have been administered statewide. About 27% of Georgia residents received at least one dose 15% are fully vaccinated. The breakdown between men and women about 30% of women in Georgia and 23, a half percent of men have received at least one dose. According to the state Department of Public Health. Keep in mind All Georgians, 16 and older now eligible for vaccinations, vaccination passports are emerging is
Fresh "State Department" from Afternoon News with Tom Glasgow and Elisa Jaffe
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Washington, Tehran Hold Indirect Talks on Reviving Iran Nuclear Deal
"The U. S resuming indirect talks on the Iran nuclear deal. American and Iranian diplomats are in Vienna meeting indirectly trying to resurrect the 2015 nuclear agreement. State Department spokesperson Ned Price says the goal is to restore curbs on Iran's nuclear program. These talks will not be uncomplicated, but again we are encouraged by the fact that they're taking place. The United States and Iran are using the country's still in the deal as intermediaries, joining separate discussions with diplomats from Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China at
US, Iran expected to begin indirect nuclear talks in Vienna
"The U. S. and Iran are expected to begin indirect you could talks in Vienna efforts to bring the US back into the twenty fifty nuclear deal on Iran's program ought to step up a gear as wrong and the five will pounds remaining in the accord meet in Vienna well the US is the start of negotiations with the wrong also do you in the Austrian capital is a U. S. delegation headed by the administration's special envoy for Iran well money the state department says talks will be structured around working groups that the Europeans will form with the other parties of the air cooled I'm Charles last month
Uyghur American Association Discusses Sanctions Against China
"United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union have all leveled sanctions on China. To their treatment of leaguers, which includes detention camps forced labor sterilizations. And abortions, which 2020 State Department report has called genocide. China denies the allegations despite personal testimonies, extensive reporting And indeed satellite footage of weaker detention camps in China. Who's at all today is president of the Wigger American Association. And many of his family members in China. Of experience in the prison camps. He joins us now from Northern Virginia. Mr Alta, Thanks so much for being with us. Thank you so much for having me. And what's your reaction to the sanctions? I remember it was in 2019. I started speaking up for my father and my family members. Had a panel in European Parliament. And I mentioned the word genocide. Concentration camp. After the panel. Couple people came to me and they said You're exaggerating, and you're de legitimizing your own caused by using the word genocide and concentration camp. At that time, I did not know my family members were alive. It was extremely heartbreaking that people do not want to listen. So, you know, three years after United States, Canada, Netherland, Many other countries start speaking up recognizing as a genocide. It is giving me hope. And I believe this is giving hope for we work
U.S., Iran to start indirect negotiations on returning to nuclear deal
"The biden administration making good on a promise to attempt to re enter the iran. Nuclear deal united states and iran. Say they'll begin indirect negotiations next week. An attempt to resurrect the two thousand and fifteen. Nuclear agreement diplomats from the us and iran will negotiate separately in vienna. Using the country's still in the deal is intermediaries since the trump administration pulled the us out of the agreement. In two thousand eighteen britain. Germany france china and russia have tried salvaging. It the us. Withdrawal iran began violating. Its terms building. Its nuclear program beyond the deals limits. The state department says the country's will discuss the steps. Iran needs to take to return to compliance and which sanctions the us would have to remove in exchange
U.S. and Iran Agree to Resume Talks on Nuclear Deal
"Back to the table on Iran's nuclear program. The State Department announcing talks will resume but the U. S. And Iran won't talk directly for now. Fox is Simon Owen has this live At least of the U. S. And Iran say indirect talks will be held in Vienna, Austria, next week on the future of the Iran nuclear deal. Nearly three years after President Trump pulled out of the agreement, the State Department says the talks scheduled for Tuesday are healthy step forward. It says an immediate breakthrough is unlikely. American and Iranian officials are not expected to meet face to face
How both sides will handle Iran nuclear deal
"Said the signatories to the Iran nuclear deal are scheduled to meet virtually on Friday to discuss a possible US return to the agreement. Steri Schultz reports. The meeting will be facilitated by the European Union. Which mediated the 2015 accord. The U. S and Iran both insists the other side must fulfill its obligations under the deal. First. The other members of the agreement Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia say there needs to be full and effective implementation of the agreement by all sides. State Department spokesman Ned Price calls the meeting a quote positive step, especially if it moves the ball forward toward mutual
Sierra snow pack at 59% as 'drought-like' conditions continue
"Below normal for this time of year. That's important because the snow pack provides about a third of California's annual water supply. Shawn to Guzman, with state Department of Water Resource is says they'll be watching closely to see how much snow melts into rivers and streams and ends up in our reservoir, Orville Is currently at 53% of average, and Lake Shasta, which is California's largest surface water reservoir. Is that 65% of average statewide, California's largest reservoirs are on Lee soaring about half of their total capacity. He has California got more snow and rain this winter, so they're anxious. They're I should say more snow than rain this winter, so they're anxious to see how much snow melts as the weather gets warmer. It's opening night.
Cyberespionage and influence operations. Reading the US State Departments mail.
"Kitten also known as phosphorus or t a four fifty three the well-known thread actor associated with iran's is revolutionary guard corps has resurfaced in cyber espionage campaign directed against israeli and us medical researchers proof point researchers conclude that the current campaign. They call bad. Blood is fishing for credentials belonging to geneticists neurologists and oncologists. The campaign uses email spoofing. Communications from israeli scientists proof point is confident in its conclusions but also admits that as is often the case. Attribution is based on circumstantial evidence. Bad bloods objective. Remains obscure record points out. Proof point told the record that the pandemic has produced a surge in collection against biomedical research targets. But the specialties said to be of interest to charming kitten. Genetics oncology and neurology. Don't bear any close. Immediate connections to covid nineteen research nonetheless. The collection proceeds and continues to prospect senior researchers politico reports that russia's holiday bear may have sex accessed. Us state department e mails. It doesn't appear that classified. Communications were compromised but emails exchanged by foggy bottom bureau of european and eurasian affairs and bureau of east asian and pacific affairs. Were apparently being read in moscow. Dark reading has a summary of the current state of knowledge about the sunburst exploitation of solar winds orion platform the. Us is still considering. Its options with respect to response retaliation defense and deterrence in. What the atlantic council characterizes as a strategic failure the council's report said quote. The sunburst crisis was a failure of strategy more than it was the product of an information technology problem or a mythical adversary overlooking that question of strategy invites crises larger and more frequent than those. The united states is battling today the. Us government and industry should embrace the idea of persistent flow to address this strategic shortfall emphasizing that effective cybersecurity is more about speed balance and concentrated action both the public and private sectors must work together to ruthlessly prioritize risk make lynch pin systems in the cloud more defensible and make federal cyber risk management. More self adaptive and quote
A Million More Student-Loan Holders Gain Relief
"Is taking steps to provide additional student loan relief. White House press secretary Jen Psaki We will be expanding the pas and student loan interest and collections to the more than one million borrowers who are in default on a loan that was made by a private lender in the old Bank Back based loan program known as the Federal Family Education Loan program. The relief is retroactive to the start of the covert emergency in March. 2020 The State Department is
Activision Blizzard Hires Controversial Former Trump Admin
"Blizzard is hired former Trump Administration officer and controversial former member of the State Department Brian bulatao to oversee the Call of Duty endowment program at the company according to an internal email obtained by Kotaku bullets out is the name under Secretary of State for management at the US Department of State for former President Donald Trump before his role with the Trump Administration. He was a leading official in the CIA controversial Activision Blizzard CEO, Bobby kotick announced via email that pull a towel was leading the state Department's Talent diversity and inclusion efforts Business Insider reported that bullet L. Held a key role in deflection of an independent probe into misuse of government resources, according to an Activision Blizzard. Spokesperson. Brian will have management responsibility for Consumer products group as well as other logistics wage. This area's cocuk described bulatao as an unparalleled combination of business military and government experience and Activision Blizzard supposed person has confirmed the higher and offered, it will tell will not be involved with the leadership of any Esports initiatives at the company
Blinken ends Trump-era human rights blueprint that promoted conservative agenda
"Department is formally scrapping a Trump administration plan that limited America's promotion of human rights abroad. The Trump blueprint prepared by then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to promote causes favored by conservatives like religious freedom and property matters while dismissing reproductive and LGBT Q rights State Department official says Anthony Blinken will decisively repudiate his predecessors report, which human rights groups had harshly criticized the officials as Blinken will make the case that all human rights are universal and co equal. Bided ministrations already repealed several Trump area human rights decisions, including restoring LGBT Q protections. Soccer
Blinken ends Trump rights plan promoting conservative agenda
"The state department is formally scrapping a trump administration plan that limited America's promotion of human rights abroad the trump blueprint prepared by then secretary of state Mike Pompeii sought to promote causes favored by conservatives like religious freedom and property matters while dismissing reproductive and LGBT Q. rights a state department official says Anthony Blinken will decisively repudiated his predecessors report which human rights groups have harshly criticized the official says blank it will make the case that all human rights are universal and co equal the by the administration's already repealed several trump area human rights decisions including restoring LGBTQ protections Sager made Ghani Washington
Washington state officials monitoring 23 people for Ebola following travel to countries with outbreaks
"23 people who recently traveled to Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Como's Frank Lindsay tells us why regions of these countries are currently experiencing rebel a outbreaks. But the Washington State Department of Health Says there is a low risk for people of our state health officials have been in contact with the individuals who will be monitored for 21. Days after their arrival in Washington, the Department of Health says the risk of getting Ebola's virus here in the U. S is very low. People can get Ebola's through direct contact with a person or animal infected with the virus. Oregon health officials are monitoring at least four people who recently visited those same regions. Frank
Washington state officials monitoring 23 people for Ebola
"Washington health officials are monitoring 23 people who recently traveled to Guinea and Democratic Republic of the Congo call most Franklin's. He tells us why regions of these countries are currently experiencing a bolo outbreaks. But the Washington State Department of Health Says there is a low risk for people of our state health officials have been in contact with the individuals who will be monitored for 21. Days after their arrival in Washington, the Department of Health says the risk of getting Ebola's virus here in the U. S is very low. People can get Ebola's through direct contact with a person or animal infected with the virus. Oregon health officials are monitoring at least four people who recently visited those same regions.
"state department" Discussed on PRI's The World
"I'm marco werman. You're with the world. It is good to have you here. President elect joe biden today formally announced the first of his cabinet picks together. These public servants will restore america globally global leadership and its moral leadership that includes taxes lincoln as secretary of state and he will rebuild morale and trust in the state department or his career where his career government began. If confirmed blinken will lead a trouble department in need of a morale boost after it was devastated in many ways under president trump but many former foreign service officers say the problems began before trump. The world's rupa shenoy reports president trump promoted fewer state department career employees to ambassadorships than ever before harvard professor and former foreign service officer nick burns says professional staff warrant included in major policy. Decisions trump tried to cut the department's budget by a third many career professionals have left. Morale is low and burns says the state department is in profound crisis. So i do think. President trump bears a large share responsibility but not total responsibility because there are structural problems burns and his colleagues talked to two hundred former and current foreign service officers for a report that suggests ways to address those structural problems these amount to a call for radical change but almost a reimagining of or what diplomats need to do to protect the united states in the future. The report says congress should pass the first new foreign service act in forty years to overhaul the state department. It says legislators should redefine the department's mission revamp its personnel system to make it more transparent and based on merit create a mid level entry program reduce the number of political appointees and put career employees in more key positions. This is quite controversial. You can imagine that both political parties you know aren't happy to see people recommending a major change but we think major changes needed especially to reach. What many see as the most vital goal for the new state department diversity in all the ranks the lack of representation has been a weakness like when the state department had no connections inside muslim communities to help combat extremism says far upon death. We realized that we didn't have insights to the experience of how these young people were growing post. Nine eleven to help address that need secretary of state. Hillary clinton appointed pundit the first special representative to muslim communities. Pundit who's now also at harvard says there are many other cultural expertise gaps to fill. Where all the places that we don't have insight that we haven't asked questions that we haven't build programs and isn't it the time now to be able to look to that so that god forbid in a time of crisis that we have those connections. We have the insights we understand. We're not scrambling but people have been talking about the need to change and diversify the state department. Nearly as long as there's been a state department says chris richardson. He resigned from state in two thousand seventeen because he disagreed. With trump policies like the travel ban from several muslim-majority nations in june. Richardson wrote a new york times. Op ed titled the state department was designed to keep african americans out. We need to have that larger conversation about the historical context so that we have a better understanding of what is the culture of the state department that is allowing these things to continue and that maybe the cultural problem might be the fact that we talk a lot about this stuff and we make a bunch of papers about it but there is no intentional desire for change. Richardson says early on. In the state department's history officials found excuses through exams and security clearances to keep black people out. He says for the department to move forward that history has to be acknowledged and also the fact that the discrimination persists in recent years black representation has decreased slightly even as the black lives matter movement has touched off demonstrations and activism around the globe. Richardson says state department employees who represent the. Us need to be able to talk about issues like that. The countries abroad daimyo america's story. Let's be honest about our own faults. Our failures our country and that makes us more credible when we talk to other countries about their human rights abuses the biden administration might take the right steps. Richardson says he's always hopeful for real change. Tiana spears is a bit more skeptical. She resigned from the state department in january. I've been day. I really hope for change and i also know better. I'm very much waiting to see what happened. Before i get my hopes up spears had an assignment that required her to regularly cross back and forth between the us and mexico. She says she was racially. Profiled in harassed by customs and border patrol and she told her white superiors they did nothing spear says have color inside the state department have similar stories if wanna take polling upper management accountable for their actions. That's how you did change spears says if there are no repercussions for racism and discrimination. It will continue for the world. I'm rubbish annoy president-elect biden's pick to be. Us ambassador to the un did not take what might be considered a typical path to international diplomacy. Linda thomas greenfield grew up in segregated louisiana. Where the local. Kkk burn crosses in people's yards. Her father left school in third grade to help support his family. Her mother had an eighth grade education. Here's how thomas greenfield described her early days at louisiana state university in a recent ted talk. I was harassed and might amatori. I had world renowned historian used the n. word regularly in a classroom. One of my professors gave me an f. In a class and when i asked why given me the f. he said to me if you don't know the answer to that question you don't need to be here but what he didn't understand was that failure was not an option for me. Thomas greenfield went on to excel in the us foreign service and spent thirty five years. There she served as us ambassador to liberia and directed the bureau of african affairs. Thomas greenfield often cross paths with. Us ambassador johnny carson. He was the assistant secretary of state for african affairs as well as the us ambassador to kenya. Zimbabwe and uganda. Johnny carson is with me now ambassador carson. Thanks very much for being here. Why do you think president-elect. Biden's team chose linda. Thomas greenfield for this coveted position. She's capable collegial and she's politically savvy. She is deeply respected for views. On the hill both among democrats and republicans she will bring back a level of dignity and respect to the leadership at the un mission. And i think that many of our partners there will welcome her diplomatic prowess and skills her early years linda. Thomas greenfield early years. As i mentioned were full of adversity attending louisiana state university. When david duke who would go on to become the grand wizard of the kkk. He was a student there at the time. How did those years. Impact our worldview bashing linda. Thomas greenfield is not easily rattled and very difficult to push around. She maintains her values and her principles and is willing to stand up and speak out. When push the wrong way or in the face of adversity she was stationed in rwanda notably in nineteen ninety-four during the genocide. There and energetic talk. She describes how she was almost caught up in the killing their after being mistaken for a local rwandan. I was confronted by a glazed eyed young man who had been given instructions to kill a woman by the name of goth and he thought that i was a goth and interestingly i didn't panic i was afraid. Don't get me wrong. But i didn't panic and i looked at young man in the eyes and i asked him his name.
"state department" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"Report at least treated it was really really striking for one thing the State Department the higher ups Pompey's people insisted that the version that is posted the public has some reduction on it. But they did send unredacted version to Congress and those were the actions make a huge amount of difference when you understand the whole thing for instance, the redacted version makes it look like in a span of three days there was something came up and calm peyot. Brief Congress on a potential emergency apparently involving Iran and you know the paperwork was sent two days later and certified identity emergency declaration was declared A. May Twenty Four. So within like three days, it looks in this version of the report like Bassil happen but the unredacted version which I managed to obtain shows that actually they were talking at the State Department about having a an emergency declaration as a work around. To get these arms sales through as early as April third. This was like six seven weeks before they actually declared the emergency. So when you look at the unredacted version, you realize, oh, mainly, what kind of an emergency west this if it took if you guys already planning, it took that long to get it through and why did you try to hide it from the public of one other thing that was super fascinating was the usually the State Department inspector general releases the reports do their own office again, it's a mark of the offices independence, but the day before they did. So the state, department, you know Hamas people held A. Background briefing for reporters and they were like, yeah we just want to let you guys know that the. report that's going to be coming out totally exonerates sexual pompeo says he did nothing wrong. They quoted like three little pieces.
"state department" Discussed on Article II: Inside Impeachment
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When you've gone which was recalled as this campaign to disparage or is is playing out? Her replacement is bill. Taylor Bill Taylor had held held the post before had impeccable credentials when it came to to representing the United States in Ukraine. But Taylor of course has emerged as one of the most certainly from the trump critic standpoint. They viewed him as one of the most effective witnesses in these impeachment. Hearings was it. POMPEO's call to get Taylor in there as the replacement Ivanovich. And and what was that relationship like Pompeo and Taylor see. That's a key point. And that's what illustrates the nuance. Here you can see that fused fused approving and seeks out the appointment of an equally seasoned experienced diplomat to replace your age that seems to indicate indicate that he doesn't want a yes person there and so you'll have defenders of Pompeo say hold on if he was so weak on all of this he could have appointed someone else not not someone of stature. That Taylor House so you can see him unable to defend Yovani bench presumably because that would put him completely on the outs with President trump. So we had to bow to that demand to get rid of her but then he tried to salvage the situation by pointing tailored to replace her. That that's how people in the building have perceived it and that's a retired diplomats have perceived that I mean. Yeah it sounds like what you're describing a secretary of state who's sort of torn between between a desire to run the department one way and a sense that there are they imperatives. He has to address that. Take Him in another direction. Yes I think. Compels story is incredibly illustrative of the trump presidency. He's really trying to thread the needle. And it's not clear that it's possible and I think Secretary Mattis when he was defense secretary. How to similar kind of dilemma? You know how do you try to steer the ship of state state in a more constructive direction but still not completely. Have a falling out with your commander in chief and man is found that it was not possible and in the end he resigned and now you see pompeo where what if he had. We could ask the question. What if he had stood up for Maria von which what? What if he done that publicly? What would have happened? You know would trump. Dan said that you know you're disloyal. You're defying meet your out in. We won't know but I think think Taylor appointment is really interesting because it does illustrate him trying to thread the needle and maybe not succeeding. But maybe that was what his intent was. It seems that we're this is also shaken out in terms of his standing in the administration. That at least you know pompeo standing with trump. It seems he's in trump's good graces. I say this because you've got this the situation out in Kansas. There's an open Senate seat up for election in twenty twenty couple. Republicans out. There are already running. There's this big fear sort of in the Republican establishment. That Chris Chris Kobuk. He's the former secretary of state in Kansas. He ran for governor out there last year actually lost as a Republican in Kansas. A bit of a controversial figure. There's a fear among Republicans gins. He'll win the primary and maybe possibly potentially put that Senate seat at risk in the general election and so there was trump last week on Fox and friends basically Gli floating the idea of pompeo former congressman from Kansas. Going back in running for that seat. There's been some speculation. POMPEO might be interested and he came to reinstate look. I'd rather stay where I am but he loves Kansas. He loves the people of Kansas if he thought there was a chance of losing that seat I think he would do that and he would win in L. landslide because they love him. That told me and tell me if I'm wrong here that told me. The pompeo still seems to have trump's confidence I guess is the question. Is that alive live possibility that that Pompeo might step down in the near future and go back to running for office absolutely. It is very much alive possibility. And it's no secret that he's interested and it really probably would be his for the taking. He probably would have a really good chance of winning that seat now. Trump's comment you never you know how to interpret Some of the president's suggestions and the one hand it's a compliment it's also a way of showing him the door politely right because no question the report and the relationship he had with the president earlier has diminished absolutely and there are many indications of that and yes pompeo. AOL has not publicly defended some of these diplomats testifying but he also hasn't necessarily always come to the defense of trump or Giuliani agenda in such a public way. Always so there's no question there's friction there now so any perhaps in trying to please both sides he he ends up irritating both sides on on this You mentioned the condition of the State Department. Wind Pompeo came in when Tillerson was leaving if POMPEII does leave here to ruin for Senate in certain for any other reason If he were to leave. How would you describe the condition of the State Department now? Things are not good. I think that would be a fair statement. David there are very few people in the building who say that things are looking bright and Rosie. Now of course it's bureaucracy of of thousands of people and not everyone is affected of course. But there's no question that morale has been damaged and of course morale wasn't was already low before Pompeo took over so as a whole number number of things happening here first of all. There's an inordinate number vacancies. Many many positions have not been filled. So they have acting people in a lot of roles. Then you had an exodus of senior diplomats mainly earlier in the administration including a a number of women number of of minorities and then there's another other data point here the number of young people who are taking the foreign service exams for difficult exam to try to get into the foreign service. That number has dropped so the pool of people people applauding as declined. And then I think in the end the woods what's really the key here is watching. And hearing this testimony money from these experienced career diplomats who are very nonpartisan figures and having to hear and see what happened where these diplomats were. were seeing this Iraq. Irregular Shadow foreign policy being carried out where the professionals weren't being consulted. And maybe even being undermined so I think a combination of all of that. It has really damaged. The outlook for people work over there in Dan so many times. I've been asking you in this In this interview What pump say about this? What's his answer to that? And the answer here comes back that we we just haven't heard much from him. We haven't heard a real full thorough accounting of all of this. I'm curious what your senses are. We going to hear Something more comprehensive from him before this. The impeachment drama is over we'll we'll Democrats seek to compel that from him or is what he has said so far going to stand. I'm sure that somewhere. Some time he will want to have his say and maybe that will come when he leaves and goes to run for the seat in Kansas. But in the meantime he's being accused of obstruction by the Democrats because the State Department has refused to hand over a lot of documents as really refused to cooperate for for the most part and it is ironic. This is the guy who ran the Benghazi and quarrier congressmen and demanded large amounts of documents and testimony from everyone including the Secretary of state at the time Hillary Clinton Clinton testified for many hours and hundreds of thousands of documents and it over so people have pointed pointed out. This is a certain contradiction here. Dan Lewis National Security and global affairs reporter for the Investigative Unit. NBC News Dan. Thank you for joining us. Thank you And there's some other news buzzing around the impeachment inquiry that we are watching this week Devon newness the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee who has been a central figure in these impeachment hearings reportedly played a direct role in efforts to dig up dirt on Joe Biden in Ukraine that is according to live Parnis one of Rudy Giuliani's associates in the Ukrainian pressure campaign. He was indicted last month for campaign finance charges. When asked about the accusation on Fox? News over the weekend. Were you Indiana which Shokhin Nunez had this to say look I really want to answer all of these questions And I promise you absolutely will come back on the show and answer these questions but because there is criminal activity here we're working with the appropriate law enforcement agencies. WE'RE GONNA file all this. Everyone's going to know the truth. Everybody's GonNa know all the facts but I think you can understand that I. I can't compete by trying to trying to debate this out with the public media. When ninety percent of the media are totally corrupt parnes says he is is willing to tell Congress what he knows as part of the impeachment inquiry? That is a story. We will be following closely as it unfolds. Article to incite impeachment is produced by Isabel. Angel Max Jacobs clear tie Aaron Dolton preteen Vardhan. Alison Bailey Adam. Boa and Barbara Rab. Our executive producer is is ellen. Franken Steve Lick tie the executive producer avoids. 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"Best thing that happened to secretary pompey's legacy was coming right on the heels of tillerson persson and so no matter what he won't be as bad as tillerson <hes> even if there's some management issues there if he's always going to be compared to rex tillerson listen up he will always be viewed in a more positive light <hes> and i do think that you know he is probably one of the most effective secretaries of state <hes> in recent in history at maintaining very close in regular relationship with the president that past secretaries in the past <hes> have not done you know i've talked talk to form current and former diplomat some of whom are fans of the administration. Some of them are not and a lot of them seem to agree that that pompeo really does <hes> respect suspect the the american diplomatic corps that he doesn't view it just with disdain <hes> and he does empower foreign service officers in the way that tillerson doesn't or trump never would himself self and yet how far can that go even for someone like pompeii who's really close to trump if at the end of the day trump and his surrogates <hes> and the circle of people around around him view diplomats with this trust into stain well unfortunately we're. We're short on time today so i think you have to leave our conversation off here but coleman ravi. We're definitely gonna keep reading your work in foreign policy to see what other issues may be on verizon and thank you both in margaret for joining us today talk about the set of issues. Thank you think hey guys scott here with a quick addendum to our conversation with columbine robbie a few days after we sat down they released another story about some more developments in this story regarding the inspector general's report. We thought was worth sharing with you earlier this week. Deputy secretary of state john sullivan when and under secretary of state for political affairs david hale held a town hall with staffers from the bureau of national organization affairs to talk about the inspector general's general's report they expressed regret for the allegations and for the conduct that reportedly happened that's covered by the report and also indicated that such conduct was inappropriate but notably mr sullivan made the assertion on behalf a sector of state pompeo that mr mr moly who's assistant secretary of state couldn't be removed from office by the secretary of state instead because he is nominated by the president and confirmed by the senate that decision has to come from the white house. David hale and other officials involved indicated that staffer should come to him with any concerns regarding professional ramifications they may have suffered because of the politically motivated conduct described in the inspector general's report and that indicated that he was responsible for or developing the sixtieth correction plan their responded to an implemented the inspector general's recommendations and there was taking that different perspectives into account in developing that plan weren't really clear on what the next step forward would be coleman robbie quote one attendee of the meeting describing the general vibe as a mix six of bitter disappointment and depression going on further to note that the bottom line here is that there will be no action taken on kevin moley whether or not that's ultimately proven correct one message that did come out from the meeting appears to be that the bottom line from within the state department. Is that any decision. Regarding assistant the secretary molly doesn't lie ultimately with sector state pompeo instead it lies with president trump in the white house. The l'affaire podcast cast produced in cooperation with the brookings institution..
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"He didn't didn't want to be part of the you know. It was not a deep state opposing trump at every turn it was a complacent state sort of dragging its heels but eventually completing the policy and he didn't didn't wanna be a part of that environment anymore. Yeah i mean i didn't i didn't read the park op-ed as saying people were dragging heels. It was more like he was uncomfortable with the idea that people can just sort of go to work every day and be implementing these policies or else defending things that are being said that they just have a moral core and moral disagreement with <hes> and he that was the part where he just didn't feel like he could do that anymore. And you know just to give you you a little bit of look more subjective impression as person who worked the state of art for ten years very dedicated to the mission. I loved the time i spent there. Are you know these two resignations for me. Chuck park and bethany milton or kind of like the saddest ones for me because you know it wasn't that they were sort of like pushed out by you know a a trump person or whatever it was like they they just lost their moral cores were compromised and they just couldn't do it anymore. It was like this like the death of any pretext of american exceptionalism <hes> based based on our values <hes> it just like a devastating kind of thing compounded by the fact that these two you know they've been at the state department for foreign service officers for like ten eleven years. This is like that middle group of foreign service officers who are the future senior career foreign foreign service officers who will be career ambassadors. This is the the cohort of people who are the future and they are going to be filling these positions in africa in you know tough tough posts all around the world and we're losing these people we are losing the future of of the really talented crew for service so again more of a subjective rendering but for me that was kind of like the saddest part <hes> again this month with these two who resignations yeah and i was. I mean just in terms of the impact of that. I was recently speaking with a a senior diplomat and one thing that i that i often ask. Is you know why should a lay person or an average reader. <hes> care whether you know one more mid level career diplomat is leaving and what they were saying to me his look this whole system of you know inexperienced political appointee ambassadors or sort of sidelining the state department we could get away with that after the end of the cold war in this period of you know pox americana but now if we truly are gearing up for this era of great power competition in china's rise <hes> and you know all these other actors that are challenging us not only at home but you know in the developing world in africa in latin america cetera cetera. We need to be on our game <hes>. We need to have the best diplomats there on the ground <hes> trying to advance u._s. Foreign policy on one anecdote. I heard that was particularly pointed at an embassy at an american embassy in east africa there were two u._s. Economic cone diplomats <hes> and at the chinese embassy a few blocks away there were about one hundred <hes> and so why does this matter. I mean in the same way that people are talking about. You know we need a strong and robust military. We need boots on the ground. We need ships at sea. <hes> we need to deploy these missiles here or there to counter china or counter russia. It's all part of the same mhm conversation. It's just a part that's that's way more ignored and the impacts might be more diffuse but they will still be very serious if we have this hollowing louis now of the mid level officers at the state department especially as we're trying to reposition ourselves for this new era..
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"And get floor time for final senate vote yet that's right and it should basically shorten the time period the waiting period <hes> before someone could could get their vote but they're still they're still problems for nominees and i'll just go into talk to one more here in it's it's sort of like a live question <hes> the nominee to be the person who's been nominated to be ambassador to barbados and other important the island nations in the caribbean <hes> he you know in my sort of again looking sort of from the outside <hes> looking at the things he's tweeted in the past like this person is this is going to have problems and yet. I'm also hearing that. There's a push to get him a hearing but just to give you a sense for the the problems. I think you know he's going to encounter counter. You know in his and we do look at tweets. We look at what people are tweeting. Look at their twitter feed. We look at all the public we look at all their public statements <hes> when i was on the committee <hes> you you know you wanna know what people have said publicly wanna see if they're saints. They've made are gonna make it difficult for them to do the job that they've been nominated for so the committee looks. It's at all of that stuff. You know this particular person in their twitter feed. I'm had some sort of offensive repeats about hillary clinton. We saw that from a number of these nominees. What's what's i think more <hes> significant. Though is you know just for example. This person had a re tweet that says it's over for pervy lion ted unquote <hes> referring to ted cruz <hes> lost a foreign relations on the senate foreign relations committee lots of like weird insulting tweets spreading conspiracy spiracy theories about ted cruz wife. There's another of these retreats from february twenty sixteen calling ted cruz and marco rubio also on the committee quote wrote one term senators exclamation point exclamation point exclamation point unquote <hes> there's another one for march of two thousand sixteen and this is sort of the most astounding one it has a picture picture of mitt romney and it says the bottom dumb ass on quote unquote and the text of the re tweet says quote at mitt romney seton has hold hold of you. Surely you will go to hell for this. One god will not forgive what you did. Unquote mitt romney also on the senate foreign relations committee so you you know this is problematic putting this type of person up i just don't see it and when even if a person can get through the committee and their nominations on the senate floor any member of the senate can hold that nomination which means mitch mcconnell bengals to go through this formal process in order to get the vote so there's lots of ways for these folks to get hung up when you've got a record like this. It's even harder. Wow let me kick the focus back act. Because of course they have the senate confirmed officials. Let's go back to some of those working..
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"Earlier earlier. This month was very quickly and summarily fired escorted from the building after allegations emerged that she also was berating employees roy <hes> enacting abusive toward her employees in the policy planning office kyran skinner is was the senior most ranking african american woman. I'm in the department at the time and obviously policy planning holds this important symbolic role in the state department as sort of the state department's internal all think tank as the policy guru <hes> that has a direct line to the secretary so that was another stark very publicly accounted for firing firing of a senior state department official here and so that this does all fit into the pattern. I think the way that she was let go there. There's still some questions that remain to be answered on this because she as i understand it may be others have more information. She was let go very quickly was not given a lot of time to address the accusations. These asics against her on there was not a lot of processed through this <hes> now. I've heard theories that after this oh i g report on the international organizations nations bureau after some other bad press they wanted to root out the problem quickly efficiently and quietly but it does raise questions as to why if a you know an assistant since secretary of state with a thirty to forty page oh i g report with charges leveled against him. Why is he still in office. If the policy planning chief who was as you know the senior ranking person <hes> in an administration that is not very well known for prioritizing diversity <hes> why she was like oh so quickly and without much of a <hes> much of a review process there yeah absolutely and the bird name i think i wanted to mention bring up here is one. We've heard a recent media reports. <hes> is charles faulkner. Somebody who at various points is kind of a mid level official in the legislative affairs gear here at the state department and may have been the acting assistant secretary of capacity but who played a role despite being a former raytheon lobbyist bs played a role in some arm sales rented there in yemen both endorsing a fairly controversial assertion that secretary pompeo a._o._l. Made in the fall that allowed certain arms sales to continue and other sorts of support to the saudi led coalition in yemen's efforts to continue then a ah certification that only legislative affairs bureau endorse that all the other bureaus advising secretary or to not do because they felt a lack credibility and then also moving into into <hes> the more recent assertion of a state of national emergency that allowed them to move forward with arms sales despite objections by people in congress margaret. I want to go to you first on this one about this mr faulkner you know he's a little bit of a different case here where it is not somebody being alleged <hes> abusing using personnel or of you know kind of abusing necessarily the kind of conventional man has been responsibilities but has an apparent at least alleged conflict of interest in the eyes of people on the hill who are investigating this and in garcia's former employer raytheon and the released playing here. How does the senate when it's looking at officials think of this conflict of interest in doing its oversight role as faulkner wasn't nothing confirmed. I don't believe by the senate and you know how does that play into this sort of discussion discussion around this individual..
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"Were there warning signs about this sort of behavior and how did did the committee in general who's responsible in part for bedding and looking at these officials kind of think about these staffing and personnel issues. How do you look in the background look into somebody's professional history to try and determine whether there's a risk of this sort of thing so you're right. I was there air. When kevin moley came through the process was like a very chaotic time i would say back in the very beginning of the trump administration for all sorts of reasons reasons. It's typically actually chaotic when administration comes in because there's you know there's a lot of nominations happening. There are a lot of questions everybody's sort of forgot what their roles are are and how they're gonna play things honestly looking back on on this particular one. Nothing really stands out because actually what i remember knbr about it was that he was one of the nominees the actually had relevant experience in the area where he was nominated for which was does not true for many of the people that were being nominated and he had no significant red flags in his file in terms of like a criminal activity or anything like that which again some people did one of the things that the committee we on the committee who are doing this vetting for the committee at we asked ourselves you know based on what we've seen the file or you know our conversation with the person other relevant public information you know. Is this someone who is going to have problems on the management front <music>. Are we going to see an issue report. On this person's management practices in a year that is literally something that we ask ourselves and we're looking at these files in its particularly for and bassett far-flung ambassadors going to random parts of the world and like no is really on them like a or are we going to hear about horrible things. They're doing to employees so you know i just i just have to say this was one of people there were a lot of things i was on the democratic side of things we didn't agree with necessarily about his views but that's not the metric us <hes> on the metrics that we used kevin molly didn't raise red flags and so you know i i've written about this a little bit in connection with various problematic trump officials who sort of turned out to be doing bad things and it's you know it is hard to really catch everything when you're going through the vetting process <hes> particularly from the side of capitol hill side when you know you're sort of in i wouldn't set computational relationship with administration but you really trying to find out the real story <hes> and there's only a certain number of tools that we the staff levels would really have to do that so i i mean i guess what i would say. The bottom line is like this. This seem like a person who actually was qualified wasn't going to present huge problems in that turned out just not to betrayal well. We found interesting was that you know the sources that we spoke to in state. I mean one thing that kept coming across in our discussions. Was that molly you know who is confirmed. Assistant secretary of state was not the dominant player that stole in a way was directing a lot of the the actions uh-huh and decisions of the department and moley was sort of an enabler at a facilitator and one of the things we found kind of interesting is that i mean part of this. This was sort of i think the strategy by the domestic policy council in the white house and stephen miller which is to sort of see the various state department u._s._a. i._d. Treasury it departments with political allies. Who would you know promote and advance the president's agenda on a lot of domestic policy issues and you know maree maree staal sort of fell into that category and she was seen as someone by the other staff is someone who really had you know derived enormous power from connections to the white house and that you know that enabled her to in a sense you know promote and even though she wasn't confirmed she was special adviser.
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"Was never given an opportunity to interview with yo i g during her tenure with the administration and that the report contains quote false misleading information <hes> now the oh i g office said that they <hes> repeatedly tried to interview stole but <hes> but were unable to do so so i just wanted to add that context as well and just just a foot stomp a little bit on what robbie said as scott you know spent ten years in the state department as a career attorney and and five and a half years on capitol hill senate relations committee doing oversight. I've met steve lennick. I talked to him in a professional capacity steven. If the right stephen at key is the inspector general for the state department he is not someone who is prone to hyperbole at all he is a sort of you know straight arrow by the book kind of guy and having read a bunch of i g reports over the years and i've read a bunch the way hey this one reads is like steve. Lennox hair is on fire. I mean it is just so it comes through to me. Someone who's read so many reports that like they were very very sure about everything that they put in this report and the language they use again with state department diplomatic. Speak is is to me like on fire. I mean just as a report when i found a little disappointing was that the way that he characterized the acts that they're based on sort of on identified. Have you know i spoke to a number of iso officials and they said this and i had this general sense they went through massive amounts of emails and and when i was really hoping to see z. was sort of the more kinda reflection the primary documents. What exactly did mari still say. What do they have like in her own. Words and that's what i was hoping to come. I mean i'm not the expert on these. I g reports but that as i found as a reporter i mean i was really looking there. Were certain conversations exchanges that we had sort of picked up on and and i was curious to see those you know i was curious to see those reflected in the report and generally the gist of it was was all kind of reinforced but a lot of specifics blur kind of you know i would have liked to seen more i would have liked to see more from the emails and that sort of thing but otherwise it was it was generally pretty powerful report yeah yeah. I think that makes you know my my former state. Department official is spend time with these. I agree with margaret <hes> point about the tone. A lot of these reports tend to be a little more conclusively as opposed to documenting original sources and ten right and they focus on drawing conclusions and kind of conducting the analysis from the perspective of independent inspector general mark. Let me go back to you on your points because he has you mentioned you obviously were in the senate foreign relations committee and were there when assistant secretary moley was upper confirmation you know how did he stand on this crop..
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"Overtaken by soldiers and spies and those are great public servants and this is not to denigrate the men and women in the intelligence and military communities but what i began to uncover as i dug into this was a really systemic problem where we've sidelined our diplomats and there's no room for any voices in the room except the the military and intelligence voices when did we start sidelining our diplomats so you know right now and a lot of the book is devoted to this the trump administration is laying waste to the state department it's been accelerated almasy vastly accelerated i mean you see all these headlines talking about you know the purge of the state department war on the state department and very often those headlines are accompanied by a word like unprecedented and i think that's not quite right it's a new extreme but actually there's plenty of precedent that we can learn from if we care too and you know one example i talk about it is after the cold war the clinton administration came in on the platform of it's the economy stupid and of refocusing on domestic priorities and we ended up cutting diplomacy and development by thirty percent over the course of the nineties and you can see very clearly the consequences there we shuttered embassies around the world the embassies that were left standing were undermanned and under budgeted we closed to government agencies that in retrospect turned out to be about crucial priorities information and arms control and we were left with out the diplomatic capacity we so desperately needed on nine eleven why did everyone go along with that you know you listen to warren christopher in the first clinton term defending these cuts on the hill and it sounds almost exactly like rex tillerson defending them today.
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"It's always been done because it keeps people in their jobs i remember in the two thousand six campaign drain the swamp seem to mean that we wouldn't let goldman sachs and lobbyists run the government now after the election of course the president appointed billionaires and those most opposed to government regulation to run the u us agencies and drain the swamp morphed into fire civil servants fire foreign service officers everyone in the state department agrees that there can be reformed that we can save some precious dollars out of that less than 1 percent of the federal budget that the state department spins but the whole sale a dismissal of qualified people is i think part of the trump ideology that if you're really good you should have made money as a real estate con man or as a lawyer or on wall street and they don't believe that individuals working in the foreign service are just as patriotic just as committed to public service as any policeman or any american military servicemen michelle kelemen what should we be keeping an eye out for going forward is there a a deadline that's approaching is there a particular benchmark that we should be watching as we continue to watch the future of the state department well as secretary tillerson was talking about giving his redesigned plans this month that doesn't seem to be anywhere close to happening so at will push that often early next year but i guess the big thing is hanging over his head as how long is going to be on this job.
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"Cut down the room for diplomacy by telling secretary tillerson he's wasting his time in trying to plum lucy with north korea that's what concerns me a lot more and what i think is the more dangerous aspect of the korean question i wonder though james if that's what the president wants to do and he is the president he's in charge of the executive branch doesn't the diplomat just need to go to north korea and say look low rocket man he need to cut this out because my boss told me to tell you to cut it out yup this gets to there are so many things to say negative about you know spaceship trump in a state department that sometimes we lose sight of what's going on tillerson is doing a good job trying to push the diplomatic agenda with not career and on a number of other fronts yes and he works for trump trump is right as he said we had the quota earlier he's the decided he's the only one account he lets tillerson go out there those uh tweets are not helpful but they seem to be designed for his base ace what would be far worse as if he actually told tillerson to stop doing what he's doing the problem is that tillerson has no latitude to figure out what do we talk about with the north koreans in with their emissaries in their uh uh contact people do we want to do things like agree that they can keep a nuclear capability just not one would hit the united states russell in virginia beach writes it's time to cut the overblown state department foreign policy has been run out of the white house for decades the white house staff has been expanding exponentially along with the department's too many overlapping responsibilities between those two entities obama barely talked to hillary clinton for two years cutting staff is not popular because it limits promotion drain the swamp i wonder tom maybe if we zoom in on those last three words i mean there is an ad an appetite among the president's supporters who were enough to sweep him in office the government's just too big and the dc is a town that is always going to support the way.
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"That is the thing i disagree about was my friend jim mattis on now give more money to the state department my argument is empower the state department to do the job that people like burns and crock i can do nobody else can congress would not have trusted a political appointee from the republican administration it also kind of sounds james like what you're saying is that part of the problem is not just at the bottom with new people coming in it's at the top with veterans being able to ascend and use their expertise and their experience to the utmost well uh very quickly no what kind of people do we want to recruit to the department of state do we want to recruit people who want to serve their country and live abroad that's fine and we certainly can use them do we want to recruit the next generation of ryan crocker in bill burns my argument is yes but if there's no jobs for those people if we no longer have a role for the top korea people in guiding the ship of state and foreign policy different kinds of people will want to come into the foreign service and we won't have the people trained and prepared incapable of doing the job they did tom but jim is absolutely right that the immediate crisis and it's an intentionally create at one by the white house is to read the state department of its most senior most qualified most experienced people on it and that's what we should be worried about first on the intake side uh secretary tillerson as indicated that he will wants to hire only one hundred new diplomats any agree in the next fiscal year that is junior officers and he agreed to that only under pressure from congress i bet you they will be a hundred extremely well qualified young women and men and i look forward to it let me emphasize something that i here too much from people responding to this critique this is not sour grapes this is not people who are unhappy about no longer working there i'm very happy to be.
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"What are the most vocal critics about the current state of the state department is the former secretary of state madeleine albright last month she spoke on msnbc about her concerns regarding young recruits i'm appalled you cannot and should not and must not hollow out the diplomatic aspect of our lives i am stunned we are cutting off our and as pipeline and i do teach and there are a lot of students who say well do you think i really should take the foreign service examine and i am deeply deeply troubled by that because you cannot be the major power in the world and not have a functioning diplomatic service i am absolutely shocked and appalled that anybody would think that the state department is not the most important and the first department in the united states government that was secretary of state madeleine albright speaking on msnbc tom what what about the kids sharon's regarding the future of the actual at both of you chime in tom james wanted to go for the future of this and and and concerned about her son yep i'm a little bit concerned about where we're going with this conversation and pop because there's so many things wrong with what the trump administration is doing with the state department we're not discriminating again the biggest single problem is the ability of the foreign service to produce sena people who can guide this country in two thousand in seven when president bush had to sell an extremely difficult surge of troops in iraq to the american congress he sent him bascetta ryan crocker up to the hill with general betray us in two thousand eleven and twelve when president obama wanted to reach out secretly to the iranians he sent ambassador bill burns another career ambassador out to talk with them you can't do that through tweets evening to broker the nuclear exactly you can't do that through tweets you can't do that through telephone conversations but to get back.
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"Much more that the state department does and our and embassies overseas do other than deal with conflicts that run the risk of escalating to a military conflict they work on economic issues they advance cultural relations a hundred other things that they do the second thing that makes it a bit of a false choice is that the state department budget is so darn small it is one percent of the total federal budget and slashing that one percent by twenty percent is going to buy a fairly small amount of new ammunition for the military i think that every case in which diplomatic action and wise diplomacy from the white house have helped to prevent military conflict more than pays for itself we'll continue our conversation in a moment stay close this episode of wine a and the following message is made possible by praising if you're bored of in thing slide decks try presi the interactive presentation platform that's it engaging and persuasive with presi it's easy to create interactive business presentations that flow light conversations get a free twoweek trial plus an exclusive design pack and our free book when you sign up for an account p r e z icomnpr offer good through december 2017 support also comes from google cloud platform use machine learningscale to build better products google clouds a ai provides modern machine learning services that enables you to easily build models and work on any type of data of any size their platform is now available as a cloud service to bring unmatched scale and speed to your business applications it predicts so your business can thrive to learn more visit cloudgooglecom.
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"Terry's below the level of the cabinet member the secretary the reason is the need for trust and expertise in something is critical to all americans as foreign policy and national security that is what is being more than anything else undercut first by the last two administrations but with a vengeance with this one and that has to be stopped we need more people in top positions beginning almost no one top i think that there is a systematic destruction if you will of the foreign service in the state department in theory briefly goes at four levels at the personal level the management actions taken by secretary tillerson are pushing out the most experienced people in the foreign service at the institutional level by slashing the budget greatly reducing the intake of new officers he's weakening the foreign service over the next several years at the national level we have a white house that constantly disparages and destroy us not only the professional diplomats who have served republicans and democrats with equal loyalty over the years um and at the global level what we see is a president who is weakening american standing in the world retreating from american leadership embracing dictators and undermining our alliances and those factors and it's the last one that i think my old colleagues in the state department care about the most those four factors together are weakening the state department the foreign service and america's standing in the world in a way that will last beyond this administration james could you talk a little more about that it seems like to me as an outsider to the state department it's one of these areas of the federal government that needs to obviously operate you know under the auspices of the presidency but also that has to be a little bit above partisanship because there are certain aspects of america's policy like thing nuclear nonproliferation that are in everybody's interest regardless of which administration is in power yolk preventing new isis free.
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"East policy and a former us ambassador to iraq and turkey james welcome thank you and at npr headquarters in washington is npr diplomacy correspondent michelle kelemen michelle glad to have you with us good to be with you we asked those of you who or or formerly were working in the foreign service to share your experiences with us and you answered here is one message that came to our inbox my name name's tom from washington state had been with the state department about thirty years and i would say that what rex tillerson is doing is providing much much needed change it's difficult it's not the way were you doing things but i think it's going to help us to be much more effective and aniline as an organisation able to really achieve what we need to do to do our mission tom thanks for calling in michelle kelemen let's start there in terms of the structure of the state department and what tom described as a difficult but necessary change to make it more effective before we get into what but secretary tillerson is doing can you just explained to us michelle what the structure of the state department is how does it work what are the major arms of it you give us a picture of the state department from the inside broadly well eight it mean it it it it's difficult aides about eight thousand foreign service officers but then you have a lot of civil servants side you have fam for local staff at embassies it's not very big compared to the military obviously the defense secretary bob gates he's to joke that there are more on the military band members and there are in people in that serving in the state department foreign service officers um but you know there has been over the years this growth of m kind of lots of special envoy offices some created by congress some created by previous secretaries of state and what tillerson said he wants to do is.