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Fresh update on "state department" discussed on Food For Thought
"45 Thie State Department of Public Health reports 286 new cases of covert 19 and 14 new deaths. U MASS Amherst investigating Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse over allegations of inappropriate conduct with students. Morris is also running for Congress, Harvard in Yale's medical schools set to compete taking part in the national voter registration competition. And the president continues to raise concern about a possible rise in voter fraud do the male and voting Democrats and Republicans worried about a possible weeks long delay an election results because of delays in the Postal Service and a new CBS battleground tracker poll asked voters what they think about mail in voting as President. Trump continues to raise concerns about mail in voting, and Democrats raise concerns about the Postal Service. Pennsylvania voters by 3 to 1 and Wisconsin voters by for one think it should be easier rather than harder to vote by mail. But the president's voters maybe getting his message where public ends are generally opposed to making it easier to vote by mail and instead prefer keeping the system as it is that was CBS deputy director for surveys. Jennifer to Pin Tome. One of the most alarming aspects of covert 19 is the rare inflammatory illness, affecting a percent of kids exposed to the virus. There are 600 confirmed cases of multi multi system inflammatory syndrome in the US. One of them is eight year old Jordan Hutchins of New York City, ABC. Stephanie Rama spoke with doctors at Maria Ferreri Hospital TTO Learn what happens when a kid develops the syndrome doctor say. When Jordan went to the hospital, he had a high fever and trouble breathing, his.
US State Department lifts global 'Do Not Travel' advisory
"U. S citizens can travel abroad again, But don't get those passports out just yet. The hitches who will have us After nearly five months, state has lifted its ban on all non essential foreign travel for Americans due to the cove it 19 pandemic instead breaking it down country by country, depending on conditions there. Still, the European Union, for example, is not allowing any Yanks in due to the higher covert case load in the states compared to Europe. There are bands elsewhere as well. Or at least forced. 14 day quarantines like here in the U. K. Then you get back stateside from most places, and you still have to do another 14 day self isolation As long as Corona viruses around, it seems that Staycations will be around as
Fresh update on "state department" discussed on WCBS Programming
"Worst in the world as states considering opening their schools. Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, speaking on NBC's face today on said that his State is working to make sure all kids have access to remote learning, but it ultimately falls on parents to make sure they attend class. It's a tragedy. We made it available to everybody we could But again requires parental supervision requires AH lot of the effort to make sure everybody logs in right now we're gonna have a telephone back up. Better coordination. I think what parents? By no means perfect. In New York Governor Cuomo said he'll make an announcement tomorrow on school reopening plans. The state Department of Health has finished reviewing them. Cuomo says school district's need to consult parents about the plans WCBS news time. 12 05 Excuse me. WCBS news time for 12 time now.
11 children in Washington state hospitalized by coronavirus-related syndrome | TheHill - The Hill
"Are now 11 cases of a rare Kobe related disease affecting Children across our state. Come A Si Romero has the latest. The State Department of Health says the latest numbers are not a sharp increase, but an ongoing count of multi system inflammatory syndrome in Children, otherwise known as M. SC. Dr Marisa Di Anjali says it shows up in people under age 21 who tested positive for covert and the symptoms are not mild, have
Fresh update on "state department" discussed on Silicon Valley Insider with Keith Koo
"News this hour from town. Hold on. Mon drones. President Trump has ordered a ban on two popular but suspect perhaps due to their connections with China. President Trump has zeroed in on two controversial smartphone app, Tic TAC, and we chat with executive orders that band transactions with the Chinese owners of those APS. Based on reports the apse share personal information of users with China's communist government wanted teeth of Peter's. The bands take effect in 45 days, but there are legal gaps and there is expected litigation against those orders. Meanwhile, Microsoft is in talks to buy parts of TIC Tac. U. S colleges asking Returning students TTO help promise to contain the Corona virus that means no parties, no long road trips and no outside guests on campus. Administrator's warn that figure to wear mass practice social distancing and avoid mass gatherings could bring some serious consequences that includes getting booted from school. Also a townhall dot com Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be traveling to Central and Eastern Europe in the coming week. White House correspondent Greg Clugston without report during a week long trip to four countries. Pompeo will discuss efforts to counter Russian and Chinese influence in the region and talk about US troop deployments on the continent. The State Department says the secretary will visit the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria and Poland. The trip comes as the Pentagon prepares to redeploy thousands of American troops from Germany. PO is also expected to raise US concerns about countries allowing the Chinese telecom giant wall away into their five jean networks. Greg Clugston Washington officials in an earthquake has shaken much of North Carolina, rattling homes, buildings and residents. The National Weather Service in Greenville says the 5.1 magnitude temblor stock Sparta at 807 a m local time following a much smaller quake several hours earlier. It was the largest quakes it's 1916 to hit the state. Morally stories at townhall dot com. I'm the United States searching General Jerome atoms, America's doctor and all across our nation. We've taken steps together to slow the spread of Corona virus. Now we must continue to take personal responsibility to protect ourselves and our loved ones because even though not all of us risked a severe case of Corona virus, we all risk getting it and spreading it to others. Maybe without even realizing that we're sick. So if we want to get back to school back to work back to.
The Latest U.S. Tool to Fight Election Meddling: Text Messages
"The U. S government is believed to have sent text messages to people overseas to solicit support to stop election interference. But that effort may have had unintended consequence. What's been happening is people in other countries, namely Iran and Russia, have received mysterious text messages from the U. S government written in Farsi and Russian. Essentially, they offer millions of dollars for actionable information on efforts in those countries to disrupt the U. S elections. The intelligence community here is said for months They've seen an uptick in foreign efforts to disrupt the election. It's believed the effort is linked to a State Department campaign to persuade foreign nationals to help. But these efforts while they may pay off, have alarmed some of the recipients who thought they were a part of a cyber attack or worse. G green W
Fresh update on "state department" discussed on America First
"For Peter's. The bands take a fact in 45 days, but there are legal gaps and there is expected litigation against those orders. Meanwhile, Microsoft is in talks to buy parts of TIC Tac. U. S colleges asking Returning students TTO help promise to contain the Corona virus that means no parties, no long road trips and no outside guests on campus. Administrator's warned that figure to wear mass practice social distancing and avoid mass gatherings could bring some serious consequences that includes getting booted from school. Also a townhall dot com Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be traveling to Central and Eastern Europe in the coming week. White House correspondent Greg Clugston without report during a week long trip to four countries. Pompeo will discuss efforts to counter Russian and Chinese influence in the region and talk about US troop deployments on the continent. The State Department says the secretary will visit the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria and Poland. The trip comes as the Pentagon prepares to redeploy thousands of American troops from Germany. PO is also expected to raise US concerns about countries allowing the Chinese telecom giant wall away into their five G networks. Greg Clugston, Washington officials say an earthquake has shaken much of North Carolina, rattling homes, buildings and residents. National Weather Service in Greenville says the 5.1 magnitude temblor stark Sparta at 807 a M local time following a much smaller quake several hours earlier. It was the largest quake since 1916 to hit the state. Morally stories at townhall dot com. I am United States searching general to Rome atoms, America's doctor and all across our nation. We've taken steps together to slow the spread of Corona virus. Now we must continue to take personal responsibility to protect ourselves and our loved ones because even though not all of us risked a severe case of Corona virus, we all risk getting it and spreading it to others. Maybe without even realizing that we're sick. So if we want to get back to school, backto work, backto worship and backto overall health there things our country needs to do..
Elliott Abrams, convicted of lying about Iran-Contra, named special representative for Iran
"State Department has announced Elliot Abrams will become the administration's new special representative for Iran. Abrahams. Will also continuous special representative for Venezuela where led the trump administration's unsuccessful efforts to topple the Venezuelan government in Nineteen ninety-one. Elliot Abrams was convicted of lying to Congress during the Iran Contra But he was later pardoned by President George H W Bush Abrahams defended Guatemalan dictator General Franco smart as he oversaw campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people in Guatemala in the nineteen eighties real smart was later convicted of genocide Abrahams who is also linked to the two thousand two attempted coup against Venezuelan president to go charges. The Peace Group Code Pink Slammed Elliot Abrams New appointment saying quote the dangerous conflict resulting from trump's withdraw from the nuclear agreement will be exacerbated by a man committed to Washington's failed policies of regime
Fresh update on "state department" discussed on On The House with The Carey Brothers
"If approved, the department could be reduced by around 100 staff members before the end of the year. The proposals include eliminating the navigation team, cutting the salaries of the department's top earners, as well as cuts to harbor patrol the SWAT team and school resource officers. A City council meeting is slated to begin tomorrow afternoon at two o'clock. More than 900 new cases of Corona virus were reported in Washington yesterday. Well, a new state report says covert 19 infections are rising in some places and falling and others. Cairo radios, Frank Ssh, IRS explains right now Corona virus transmission in eastern Washington is generally on the decline, but it is continuing to rise in the western half of our state. That's according to a new report by the State Department of Health. There have been encouraging declines of covert and Yakama, Benton and Franklin counties. However, in Okanagan, Xiao Lan and Douglas counties, there have been some increases. The Puget Sound area, particularly Pierce County, has seen some of the biggest increases in infections in recent weeks. Now the good news is state Secretary of Health John Wiseman says face coverings and social distancing do seem to be helping suppressed the spread of the virus. How can we help keep kids safe if they returned to in person learning this year, Dr Marisa Di Anjali with the Washington State Department of Health says We have to stop community spread. Children really do need to be in school in order to learn and get all the other benefits they get from school. So as a community we all need to work on preventing covert infection so that kids can get back. She says, this Khun B done by wearing a mask, washing your hands and social distancing. Earlier this week, Governor Insley and state officials announced guidance for school districts. They advised online learning for most students in high risk areas in some hybrid options in moderate and low risk counties in our state. And now it's time for your weather forecast clear skies in sunny weather all day long highs in the low seventy's right now it's 62 degrees in downtown Seattle. I'm Alec Downing Stream.
The US will pay up to $10 million if you can ID a foreign election hacker
"Provide information on a foreign hackers who's been meddling with the US election and you could receive up to ten million US dollars as a reward. The US State Department says the reward will go to and I quote information leading to the identification of or location of any person who works with or for a foreign government for the purpose of interfering with US elections through certain illegal cyber activities well to explain that and tell us more. Let's hear from Elizabeth Bro. She leads modern deterrence program at here in London. Welcome back to the program Elizabeth and just describe what exactly the US State Department is doing. A good money on at. This is really fascinating program. So but the State Department is doing is essentially offering the same sort of rewards for people who Reports. People who who who are planning to interfere with elections in the same way that's the US government does with people who report terrorist. So it's it's essentially bounty on election interferes information. So how do you go about catching? A Hacker D I mean who we talking about here I mean he's he's going to be claiming the prize to begin to look at counter hackers. Is it a large authorities large private sector organizations or even a teenager in his bedroom? I think it may well be teenager in his bedroom so I think the most likely. Recipient of this money is somebody working with hackers who? May have been who who are in the process of interfering with US elections and we should remember it's not just hackers. It's people who are Spreading this information as well. It aimed at undermining confidence in elections and we should remember the people who are doing it are. Oprah are often operating on behalf of another government but they don't work for the government and that is the problem in the Western governments have it's so hard to to catch them because they are can relive just be people in their bedrooms. Working survivor freelance arrangement with a country, and so people like me have long been thinking about how D- How do we deter how how can we make sure that they don't engage in that behaviour I must say as a European. I just never thought of of the option of offer offering a bounty to to people willing to turn them in. But here this is what? We are getting or this is what what US government is proposing exactly. What does it suggest about the way that the Americans are actually trying to catch these people who who are trying to meddle with the elections. There is some suggestion that you know given the large amount of money ten million dollars, and that the United States might not quite be up to the job themselves. But so this is the interesting thing right I mean when you offer bounded it sort of indicates that you've tried other means and you're not getting anywhere and that's why. Are So often used by the governments to to catch terrorists because it's The government has failed them tend to catch him in other ways, but with election interference to fear of the ways that have usually been sought about the cyber. Cyber defender. Let's say in in in our Western countries. Keeping the country safe and also signaling to to perpetrators would be prepetrators if they commit their offensive acts that would be punishment but clearly, it's not the now for the recent, we can see it's not enough is that These activities continue. So clearly the the the the would be attackers and they and their is don't feel deterred by what's currently happening in the the problem was for the defender is that if you? If you're too heavy handed if you attack back than Jose escalates. It could it could really get out of control. So this is a completely different. Take on and I think it's it's one those Soviet uniquely American with this long tradition of of bounties and something that the property ripping countries won't engage in but but it has worked with with in some cases with terrorists that the US government was was trying to find. So I mean it sounds frankly it sounds completely crazy. Let's see they even Be Able to locate a few hackers. This way Elizabeth, how much evidence is said that the current US elections has already seen some international involvement and interference. So it's It's it's hard to quantify and the the reason that this is so difficult to serve you don't even need to. Successfully interfere with an election in order for that election to be to be tainted or poisoned or compromised. What's it's enough for people to have the impression that that's the election is being. Tinkered with by somebody and and that's the really frightening thing. So that was They've been very service both. Opponents both in the US and elsewhere that people whether such and such election in that country. was interfered with, for example, by the Russians, and and for something in here in UK, there was a recent poll where. Forty nine percent of people in the UK thought that rushing to with the brexit referendum. So it doesn't really matter whether Russia defeated with Brexit Brentford with mattresses at half of the population in the UK thanks that rushing to fit and then the referendum is already tainted by that and that is that makes this whole thing so difficult. So it's it and that's why program like this may not have much. Effect because what matters is people think in other countries interfering
U.S. State Department Eases Global Coronavirus Travel Advisory
"Its more than four month old advisory telling people not to travel anywhere outside the United States because of the Corona virus. Now, the State Department says things have approved enough globally that it's returning to country specific warnings. Unfortunately for us, we might be ready to travel. But many countries around the world, including Europe and the UK, are currently closed. Two American tourists
US State Department lifts global 'Do Not Travel' advisory
"The State Department is lifting its global do not travel advisory warning US citizens against traveling abroad. Correspondent Christina Roof, Feeny says it's now rating countries on a case by case basis. In March of this year, the State Department put a global travel warning due to Corona virus level for across the globe advising Americans to stay home if they could come home immediately, or plan to shelter in place for the duration. Now, For the first time in months, the State Department is lifting that travel advisory and says it will go back to rating individual countries on a scale of 1 to 4, depending on how they're doing.
US Rescinds Global 'Do Not Travel' Coronavirus Warning
"Americans Khun Travel Abroad again. Tom Roberts has details the State Department lifted its travel advisory warning that Americans should stay home during the pandemic. The highest level advisory was issued March 19th causing more than 100,000 U. S. Citizens to rush back to their homes from overseas. Now the department will issue advice based on the destination country and their current pandemic status. American travelers. All facing travel restrictions Aside from the State Department's travel advisories, Tom Roberts News 93.1
US State Department lifts global 'Do Not Travel' advisory
"Americans. Khun Travel Abroad again, the State Department lifted its travel advisory warning Americans should stay home during the pandemic. The highest level advisory was issued March 19th causing more than 100,000 U. S. Citizens to rush back to their homes from overseas. Now the department will issue advice based on the destination country and their current pandemic status. American travelers are still experiencing travel restrictions. Aside from the State Department's travel advisories, including being barred from entering
US offers up to $10 million reward for info on foreign hackers interfering in upcoming election
"The US State Department is also offering bounties of up to ten million dollars under its rewards for justice. Program for information leading to the identification or location of any person who works with or for a foreign government for the purpose of interfering with US elections through certain illegal cyber activities. The tone of the announcement suggests that foggy bottom is more interested in hackers than it is in influencers. The text says quote persons engaged in certain militias, cyber operations targeting election or campaign infrastructure may be subject to prosecution under the computer fraud and Abuse Act which criminalizes unauthorized computer intrusions and other forms of fraud related to computers among other offenses. The statute prohibits unauthorized accessing of computers to obtain information and transmitted to unauthorized recipients. So they've got their eye on dachshund more than they do on trolling although one imagines that if you had a hot tip that someone was working for a troll farm in Saint Petersburg or Shenzhen, they'd be willing to listen to you.
U.S. State Department Lifts Global Travel Warnings Amid COVID-19
"We start with the State Department lifting its advisory on avoiding international travel. The agency says it is lifting the global health advisory issued at the highest alert level March 19th which was level for That was done in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a statement says, with health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating and others Department is returning to the previous system of country specific levels of travel advice, and that will give travelers Mohr actionable information to make informed
Trump administration wants to purge Chinese tech from US networks
"In a speech yesterday secretary of State Mike pompeo outlined a new five pronged quote unquote clean network effort designed to curb potential national security risks allegedly posed by technology from. This would specifically include banning untrusted Chinese apps from us, APP stores. Let me go through the five prongs line by line. I, a concept called clean carrier. The US government is working to ensure that untrusted Chinese telecoms can't provide or interfere with US communications second clean store quote we want to see untrusted Chinese apps removed from US APP stores, and quote Third Clean Apps Pumpido said he wants to keep Wa and other Chinese manufacturers from pre installing or Even, making available popular US apps. Fourth Clean Cloud, making sure Americans data is protected and can't be accessed by cloud systems from alibaba China Telecom tencent and Others v Clean Cable keeping undersea cables secure particularly from Wa Wa quoting CNBC with parent companies based in China APPS TIKTOK and we chat and others are significant threats to personal data of American citizens not dimensioned tools for Chinese Communist Party content censorship pompeo said during a press briefing, the nation's top diplomat. Added that the State Department would work with the Commerce Department as well as the Defense Department to limit the ability of Chinese cloud service providers to collect store and process data in the United States and quote.
Acting State Department watchdog resigns months after firing of previous inspector general - NBC News
"Wednesday the Acting Inspector General of the State Department resigned less than three months after replacing the previous inspector general who was fired by President trump after he opened investigations into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The State Department gave no explanation for the departure but it immediately raised questions about whether the trump administration is driving out internal watchdogs whose job it is to hold cabinet members accountable for their actions.
State Department watchdog resigns after less than 3 months in office
"Stephen A. Card has resigned as the State Department's internal watchdog after less than three months on the job, A card took the position in an acting capacity when Steve Linen who was investigating Secretary of state Mike Pompeo was fired. His last day is Friday. Ah card will be replaced by his deputy, Diana Shaw. Washington Post cites an internal memo saying a card is returning to Indiana to take a job with a law firm secretary. Pompeo has snide linen was fired because he was investigating a deal to sell arms to Saudi Arabia without congressional approval. Rachel Sutherland. Fox is taking a look at
State Department watchdog resigns after less than three months in office
"Inspector general is resigning after less than three months in office. State Department watchdog Stephen A card had taken over after President Trump fired Steve Lin Ekin May
California Virus Cases Underreported, Health Official Says
"Officials say a technical glitch in the system used to track cases of the virus in California has led to not all cases being reported. The state's Department of Public Health says the Elektronik system used by most local health department statewide to report data about infectious diseases is experiencing serious technical issues, and they say it's resulting in Corona virus cases being significantly undercounted. There were just over 4500 new cases reported Tuesday. About 5700 Monday totals over the two lowest single day increases since early July and abrupt change of the numbers that have been spiking steadily in recent weeks. A note with the Department of Public Health. Latest report says that due to issues with the state's Elektronik laboratory reporting system, the data represent an underreporting of actual positive cases in one single day. Cliff Albert Kogo news
Massive explosions rock Beirut; many feared dead
"To death toll has now topped 100 in Tuesday's massive explosion that flattened the port of Beirut, Lebanon. Tell he comes from the Lebanese Red Cross, which is continuing to assist survivors. CBS's Chris Livesey reports from Rome. The explosion rocked the port city, sending shockwaves miles away at sea. The US State Department is warning about toxic gases released The blast, telling all to stay indoors, the source of the catastrophe explosive material seized years ago and stored at the port. More than 4000 people are now reported injured from that
Beirut explosion: Residents urged to stay indoors
"Are being urged to stay indoors because of the threat of toxic gases following a huge explosion. It shook the Lebanese capital, killing scores of people. CBS's Natalie Brand says the White House is keeping an eye on the situation. The State Department says it's working closely with local authorities to determine if any U. S citizens were injured in the blast. The explosions, widespread destruction comes at a tough time for Lebanon, the country has seen massive protests due to political tension. And is also in the middle of an economic crisis. President Trump called the blast an attack but offered no other details. There's
"state department" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"So what they have been able to do is put together to a large hospital ships sending one to the west coast and one keeping one on the east coast in New York. They also do have quickly deployable field hospitals that they can that they can put together in cities that might be hard hit by the current virus but these were not set up to deal with pandemics. These were set up to deal with trauma women's wartime rooms so they don't have quite the equipment that you need to quarantine people to keep the nurses and doctors Completely safe in protective gear. What they can do is take regular patients from hospitals out of the hospital and free up more beds for corona virus patients But that's sort of the knock on effect they can do. And and the Secretary of Defense Esperer has been very clear repeatedly that they aren't going to be to catch all fixed and they don't have enough equipment to help And I think the the administration you know in recent weeks hasn't or has been pretty direct about that. They're they're not saying that the military can fix all this but they are still calling them up to sort of be on standby and help out as best they can. Yeah that totally makes sense in consistent with with the bunch of reporting that that I've been seeing so let's get back to the State Department. I WanNa talk a little bit about Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. I have just been immediate. It's by virtue of social media. And sort of the weirdness social media but just seems like some strange things coming from him and I wanted to ask you about it so you know. He was criticised last week. As we you mentioned before severe lack of transparency with the workforce with Congress. He's made these public statements criticizing. I think it was Iran for downplaying the seriousness of this virus just as president trump was doing that for weeks most recent we he seems he was. This is yesterday the source of this failure of the g seven to agree on a statement after the. Us insisted on calling the this corona virus outbreak. The Wuhan Virus. So I feel like I'm getting sort of a bunch of random stories about what Mike pompeo is doing. So give me a better sense for what he has actually been doing. Both in response to cove in nineteen but more generally and sort of what his operating philosophy is as you see it. Yeah well to to start he. He has to walk and Chew Gum at the same time because all the other problems in international diplomacy didn't magically go away when Corona virus hit. And so. You've seen that this week. He actually even with all of these travel restrictions global pandemic response. He flew to Afghanistan to meet with the Afghan president and his rival political photo to try to help them. Negotiate a new Afghan government amid this peace deal then. He made a pitstop in cutter to meet Taliban negotiators so he still trying to keep all of these. Big Foreign policy priorities afloat in the middle of this. He has not been quite as as vocal. Where on the forefront of the Corona virus response as you've seen other top administration officials you know just in terms of these daily White House. Briefings that the president trump in some of the top public health officials in vice president pence. Bhanot POMPEO's only been to one so far in so it's clear that the State Department is at the epicenter of all this because they need to coordinate the global response also more importantly need to help American citizens get home. But you just haven't seen him be quite as as vocal or out in front on that issue. As as one might be a lot of critics I've talked to both both ones who served as political appointees and democratic administration. So obviously they aren't the biggest fans of this administration but also some some former career experts. Say That in a parallel universe you'd see the United States in Secretary of state taking a lot more leadership in a coordinated global response. It wouldn't just be about. Let's get Americans home. Let's try to get as many. You know medical supplies into the United States as possible would be you know we need to organize these. These big summits like the g seven or NATO meetings or coordinate with EU for global response. And what you've been seeing instead is sort of letting other countries take the lead on getting into these tit for tat fights with Chinese officials about what to call the virus focusing more on an American. I approach to making sure we have all the supplies we need I in and emphasizing the international cooperation less Minus LIP service that you've seen generic boilerplate statements in in tweets. That the State Department has put out. And do you do you think in part the reason for that could be that you know the United States just really isn't in great position domestically to face this problem and so there's a lack of as we know a lack of supplies as a lack of respirators and I saw that there was sort of a quiet message that went out via the embassies to get our diplomats abroad to basically solicit foreign governments to sell us that type of equipment so we do know sort of a little bit more about. It seemed very quiet. Not Very public thing but seems to me that that need of our own protective agreements could be hindering an ability to to really be a leader in this space. Yeah Yeah I reported earlier this week that The State Department sent out this directive to its diplomats in countries in eastern Europe Eurasia the rest of Europe to try to ramp up exports and production of lifesaving medical equipment and protective gear to the United States. What was stark about? This is this came from the an office that coordinated. Us foreign assistance so In Normal Times this coordinates sending US assistance out and now these offices of foreign assistance are saying we're the ones need of assistance from the countries we deliver aid to so it's a pretty stark example of just you know the dire straits that the United States could be in here. I think that the other concern to add on top of this is this big power. Overriding power struggle between the United States in China as the global superpower because China has really been trying to refurbish its image sense. It botched the initial response to the virus. And it's spreading turned into a pandemic. It's been sending doctors and medical supplies to some of the hardest hit countries including Italy. Including a ron on and really making a big show of it in its state run media outlets and sort of in a way on on the PR front try. It's almost running circles around the American side You know I talked to some foreign diplomats in Europe. Who said you know? It used to be the Americans. Who deliver these planeloads of doctors and medical equipment? And now it's the Chinese who are who are the first responders that's not to say the US in the US is still delivering aid and supplies out there. But just not in quite the high profile way. That China is And so it's in a way you know to the pessimist out there it. It might be the beginning of a of a total sea change in how China is perceived among foreign countries. I don't think any foreign countries are gonNA forget that it was the Chinese government that botched the initial response to this pandemic but I think a lot of them are saying You know would we call for help? The United States was asking us for more medical supplies but it was the Chinese that were sending their own. So yeah yeah I mean I think it really just begs this broader question of what the international order sort of looks like on the other side of this pandemic and I agree with you does seem to me that China is certainly taking advantage of the moment to do it. It can on some of the soft power side and I definitely think that will be a question going forward of are we seeing is this an inflection point along the lines of World War Two and the conclusion of World War Two In terms of how the international order gets structured and. I'm sure folks are talking to you about that as well. Yeah yeah and I think either. So many like there's so many big picture questions that have been brewing in recent years about great power competition in Russia versus us. And like you know what trump mean for the for the twenty first or twenty first century. Us Global Leadership and and Corona virus is just completely accelerated all of those all of those debates and also offered like this real time case. Study in in what American first United States looks like in response to a truly global crisis. I think exactly right Before we and I WANNA ask you. Maybe slightly more more personal question. How has has your ability to do reporting on the State Department in? These issues changed since the beginning since you know. We're we're doing physical distancing. A lot of State Department employees are working from. Home is it. Is it different reporting on these issues? Now Yeah I mean in terms of my day to day job. I'm sitting in my pajamas on my couch or on my bed frantically texting and calling experts and officials in. It's not quite as efficient as when I can actually go into the State Department or offices on Capitol Hill and talk to people face to face. So it's made it more challenging but also I mean everyone's in this together and even you know people that In government that let's say might not be the biggest fans of reporters sort of their sort of this weird underlying camaraderie. Like we're all in this together so you can sort of bond a little bit with people you talk to for your job about you know sitting at home for day. Eleven of quarantine or trying to balance. You know walking your dog or trying to comb school your kid or something like that while trying to get your work done on so at least from that side. There's a little bit of in in the Sea of all his bad news like there's a little bit of silver lining here that that we're all sort of coming together and in this together but in terms of the actual day to day job. Yeah it's definitely. I'm sure it's like everyone else in in the country right now. It's more difficult to do your job when you're cooped up at home so robby. Icu just put out a new article about the State Department delaying the entrance of new Foreign Service Officers You tell us a little bit about that. Yeah so the State Department was about to bring on board about one hundred. Seventy five new diplomats to help replenish its ranks in the told those those diplomats to be on their their start date is postponed indefinitely due to all the federal restrictions on having employees in the same room or go to these on boarding classes so it just shows another knock on effect for the US government Scrambling to respond to the pandemic. The unfortunate thing here is a lot of these people were supposed to start within the next two or three weeks and they might have quit their jobs on and they right now are out of out of luck in terms of getting a salary in terms of getting benefits like healthcare in terms of getting allowances. They were just completely caught in limbo So on that front. It's it's put them in the future diplomats in a really tough position these these foreign service officer generalists and specialists but I think in in terms of broader US foreign policy Departments been struggling for a few years. Still feeling the sting of this pretty draconian hiring freeze under former secretary of state. Rex tillerson senior diplomats leaving drove student morale issues or being pushed out and so they need particularly when they have this heavy lift of coordinating global response to a pandemic of bringing tens of thousands of Americans trapped abroad a home. They need all the help they can get through pretty thinly stretched and right now. Thanks to all these health concerns and the the. Us Government's directives. They can't even bring on board a new foreign service officers to help out yanks right. Well we'll have to leave it there. Robbie Grammar thank you so much for coming on. The l'affaire podcast. Thanks so much for having me the l'affaire podcast is produced in cooperation with the Brookings Institution. If you haven't yet please take a second to share the law podcastone on social media and give us a five star rating and review wherever you found us you can also purchase law fair. Swag at our online store. Www DOT the law store dot COM. The podcast is edited by Gen. Paci Howell Michaela. Fogel was.
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"The impact on the workforce of these agencies their efforts to assist and protect Americans abroad and domestically and the broader national security and foreign policy consequences for the United States. It's the law fair podcast. Bonus edition how the State Department and the Defense Department are responding to the cove in nineteen pandemic Katie. Let's start with breath tax. Do we have an idea about how many dod personnel have been diagnosed with Cova nineteen or quarantine on account of it? Yes so the DOD has been putting out a daily fact sheet were they give us a sense of how many servicemembers that they have that have been diagnosed with a cove in nineteen every day. Those numbers right. Now as we're recording on Thursday morning are in the mid two hundreds. They've been steadily increasing over the last week And one of the really striking things that we've seen literally just moments before we sat down to record this. Scott is the entirety of the USS Theodore Roosevelt which is an aircraft carrier. That's currently end of civic. Right now is is going to be tested for corona virus because they have had now I think something like twenty odd positive cases on the aircraft carrier. So that really gives you a sense of how dramatically this this virus might be able to spread in kind of small. It's large large groups of servicemembers but who are kind of kept together on a small installation like an aircraft carrier. You know it's hard to do social distancing when you've got five thousand guys five thousand crew members on an aircraft carrier sitting in the middle of the ocean so that I think really gives you a sense of some of the vulnerabilities that that the US military is is facing is just around the world as they try to think about how to deal with keeping the spread of this disease away from their service members. The situation you describe the Theodore Roosevelt really captures one of the unique challenges facing duty as an agency. A lot of its core functions require personnel to work in close proximity to each other cohabitate. What strategies have we seen dod adopted? Try and adapt these activities in response to the covered nineteen threat. Yeah I mean. I think you're seeing a growing awareness in in the Pentagon leadership that they're going to have to take a more top down approach to managing the spread of this disease initially secretary of Defense Mark S. I was really trying to push a lot of these decisions down to the command level. You know saying okay. Well your situation over here in. Us Forces Korea is going to be completely different from the situation on. Say for Campbell in Kentucky the Kentucky So that I think we've started to see didn't really work in the sense that a lot of Lower level commanders and service members. Were starting to say we'll look. It doesn't seem like to me that Mike Commander My base or Or what have you is doing enough to to really enforce some of these social distancing measures that the public health experts are saying in the civilian world are critical to making sure that we stay safe So I mean I just as a journalist has gotten lots of calls and emails from from servicemembers both inside the Pentagon end and at bases across the US. Saying you know what we're still seeing guys gathering in large groups to do pt or gather for formation and isn't that a huge risk factor. Just in the last week we've started to see take some some more stringent steps from the top save save upgraded. What's called the The health protection status for For the entire US military To To a level that basically to the second highest level basically insists on things like health screenings. If you're going to interrupt facility it limits gatherings to smoke groups. It make sure that if you're coming into a particular installation its mission. Essential work only that kind of thing The other thing is just in the last couple of days. They've put a sixty day freeze on all troop movements overseas. It's hard to overstate. I think how dramatically that could reshape. What the US military's mission looks like in the long term? Even after this is over I've had sort of a couple of officials. Say to me things like well. You know if you pause something you know for example. They've paused they've paused. Training with the Iraqi security forces. The training mission in Iraq pause these kind of missions in indefinitely. What's to say that they're gonNA get restarted when this is all over? You know inertia as powerful saying bureaucracy. This is at the Pentagon so I I think there's there's a lot of shifts that we're seeing both kind of from the top down level in terms of providing dictates to two different commands and installations across the world but but also changes that might potentially have long term consequences. One thing that dod is known for is planning an agency full of planners who loved to develop contingencies and keep books of them filed away for future use but here it seems like Dod's response to cove nineteen has been slow and somewhat improvised. Do they have protocols in place to handle something like this and if not why not as kind of the three hundred million dollar question Scott We saw the joint chief of staff surgeon yesterday. Get up on the podium and say look. We didn't know this was going to be this bad in January as kind of an explanation for why we haven't why we weren't seeing sort of stricter health protection measures for servicemembers. Put in place. Sooner you know. Why wasn't the Pentagon sort of prepared to be ramped up to to go to hip gone? Charlie you know a month ago for example instead of sort of now waiting. They've had their first confirmed case of Covet. Nineteen inside the Pentagon and I'm not sure there's a satisfactory answer to that question yet. A lot of the folks inside the Pentagon who've been reaching out to me sort of military officials who work throughout the building including at least one senior defense official have said to me. It's hard for us to see anything but political pressure from the top either from the White House or from the political leadership at the Pentagon that this wasn't sort of locked to the building and other dod installations weren't locked down sooner The they're point being exactly what you've just said. This is a building full of planners. There are almost certainly contingency plan sitting on the shelf for what to do in the case of a pandemic. The question is why weren't they implemented earlier. Why are we only sort of now on March twenty seven of the Week of March twenty? Sixth seeing some of these measures like moving the Pentagon to hip. Contrary why are we only see? Now you just published a great article in defense one describing what you call the lurching effort to respond to cove nineteen at Dod and particularly within the Pentagon. Can you give us a sense of what it's like to work in the Pentagon right now? Yeah so right now inside the building senior aides to the executive assistants or the senior aides to senior leaders inside the Pentagon or getting what I think our daily briefings from the body that's in charge of basically the administration of the Pentagon reservation the entire complex and they have been recording the number of swipes in in and out of the building as the as they've been sort of increasing telework restrictions. Put on folks coming in and out on Friday They were about thirty percent of normal traffic in and out of the building which is obviously huge huge decrease. But even then you were seeing you. Were seeing this administrative body. Say That's too much. We still gotTA GET. We gotta get the numbers down. That's about eight thousand people on Wednesday by nine thirty in the morning there were still five thousand people that it's wiped themselves into the Pentagon that's the Pentagon's a big building but that's still a lot of people and I think the the frustration one of the frustrations that I'm hearing anyway. Is that even though they have kind of upgraded the health protection status for the building to hip controversially. What I'm told from folks who work in the building is that a lot of the health screening measures that are supposed to go along with that which is temperature taking a couple of questions about potential symptoms is just not happening because there isn't the capacity to do that for five thousand people. The other thing that I'm hearing is that the that the delivery of the palm is right now. St Louis De is still asking that to be on schedule service branches budget requests. That's something that's really hard for workers to do remotely so there's guys that are still coming in the building to work on that and that is something that I think. I'm hearing from some military officers in the building that. Why are we still trying to get this done on? This accelerated schedule to get it done by the beginning of the summer when we can sort of easily push that back a few months and ease the burden on the building and sort of ease. Ease the number of people that are coming out of the door now obviously DOD personnel work on a lot of very sensitive issues. That might be hard to handle remotely as people working in the State Department at the CIA. How are they adapting this part of their mission? Do we have a sense of what staffing levels are actually needed for these functions? And how does that compare to the actual staffing levels? We see on the ground. So right now Guys that I'm talking to work sort of I think what can be called sort of mission. Essential functions that require them to be inside of a skiff that they really can't do telework on It sounds like individual offices are kind of implementing as best of restrictions. They can sort of as they go along My understanding is that guys are working in shifts rather than kind of be all on top of each other all the time and then there's there's sort of increased cleaning and and again just sort of just an awareness like how far away can I stay from my colleague. But they're trying to stagger how Some of these some of these workers that are working skiffs are are are coming into that. They're not all on top one another essentially but that to a certain degree is a is a judgment call right like you have to balance okay. Well how critical is it for this person to to be in this chair? Doing whatever this job is is is it keeping people safe somewhere across the globe or is it something that we can you know. It's something that we can sacrifice to prevent the spread of the disease because of course limited the fundamental paradox at the Pentagon is facing is. They do have a huge responsibility to protect the country. You can't totally shut down. What the Defense Department does overnight and assume that we're going to continue to be safe but at the same time..
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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..
"state department" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"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..
"state department" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"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..
"state department" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"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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"How many would they're usually be with the state department delegation towntwinning not used to be about you know 12 or 13 on a regular basis i've been on trips were there been 2021 we you know we're all in the back of the plane he tends to take a smaller plane which only any only let two the pool reporters go with them now that he's on the normalsized seven fifty seven that all previous secretaries of taken they take a pool of six reporters tweets it's probably pretty hard to coordinate diplomacy with south korea given that the us does not have an ambassador in seoul north korea is one of our big diplomatic concerns right now obviously last week were there was a missile test of a new weapon that at least in its current form would supposedly be able to reach the entire lower 48 states tom how do we see that north korea conflict playing out on this track with the state department in its current configuration how how how hamstrung are we in terms of being able to do we need to do with north korea because of the condition of the of the department today i think that's a secondary factor not having an assistant secretary for east asia not having an assistant secretary for from my old job in nonproliferation although a good man has now been nominated not having an ambassador in seoul means that the usual channels of communication are not as strong and that we have to rely entirely upon the very top level the individuals who are filling those positions in acting roles are extremely qualified and i have confidence in them but they can't speak for the united states in the same way that at confirmed appointee could the bigger problem is that the trump white house has completely.
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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.