What a Stripped-Down US State Department Bodes for the United Nations and for Nikki Haley

The State Department’s staff reductions could imply that the Trump White House is centralizing America’s foreign policy decisions, a development that could affect the UN.

by Barbara Crossette.

This article is part of PassBlue’s Nikki Haley Watch.

In Washington, there is no question that the State Department is in a weakened position, a situation that the Trump White House — and the Trump family — seem to relish. To some in the understaffed, stripped-down Foreign Service and to commentators on United States foreign policy, this is a disgrace linked directly to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Still, it is well known that some of his first choices of appointees have been blocked by Trump, at least a few for personal reasons, as they have criticized the president in the past.

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN Secretary-General António Guterres meet during the Asean conference in Manila, Nov. 14, 2017. STATE DEPARTMENT

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