Report: #NeverTrump State Department Aides ‘Boxing Out’ America Firsters

U.S. State of Secretary, Rex Tillerson, second from left attends talks with China's President Xi Jinping, second from right at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, March 19, 2017. (Lintao Zhang/ Pool Photo via AP)
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has isolated himself from his own department and allowed subordinates to fill a handful of top positions with people who actively opposed Donald Trump’s election, according to current and former State Department officials and national security experts with specific knowledge of the situation.

From American Greatness:

The leadership vacuum has been filled by a small group opposed to the president’s “America First” agenda.

At the heart of the problem, these officials say, are the two people closest to Tillerson: chief of staff Margaret Peterlin and senior policy advisor Brian Hook, who runs the State Department’s in-house think tank.

“Peterlin is literally sitting on stacks of résumés,” one national security expert told American Greatness. Together, Peterlin and Hook are “boxing out anyone who supports Trump’s foreign policy agenda,” he added.

Read more at American Greatness, a project of the Center for American Greatness.


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