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New Report Claims Tillerson's State Department Has Fired Or Demoted Most Non-White Diplomats

By Collin Gossel

When President Donald Trump appointed former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as the next Secretary of State, Tillerson drew upon his experience at the head of a bureaucracy to support his claims that the State Department was a bloated mess in need of trimming. Since taking on the position, Tillerson has reduced the number of active diplomats working on behalf of the U.S. — to a dangerous degree, according to people like Senators John McCain and Jeanne Shaheen.

Tillerson achieved the cuts by "firing most of the department's leading African-American and Latino diplomats."

Under Tillerson's watch, applications for diplomatic positions have plummeted. The number of career ministers on staff has fallen from 33 to 19 and the number of minster counselors has gone from 431 to 369. Of the 44 positions that opened when Trump became President, 34 remain unfilled.

It doesn't appear Tillerson wants to change this, as he has yet to nominate anyone for the roles.