The State Department plans to cut 2,300 U.S. diplomats and civil servants -- about 9 percent of the Americans in its workforce worldwide -- as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson presses ahead with his task of slashing the agency’s budget, according to people familiar with the matter.
The majority of the job cuts, about 1,700, will come through attrition, while the remaining 600 will be done via buyouts, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the decision hasn’t been publicly announced. William Inglee, a former Lockheed Martin Corp. official and policy adviser in Congress, was hired to help oversee the budget cuts and briefed senior managers on the plan Wednesday, the people said.
The personnel cuts, which may be phased in over two years, represent the most concrete step taken by Tillerson as he seeks to reverse the expansion the department saw under former President Barack Obama’s administration and meet President Donald Trump’s demand -- outlined in an executive order signed last month -- to cut spending across federal agencies. A draft budget outline released in March for the year that begins Oct. 1 seeks a 28.5 percent reduction in State Department spending from fiscal 2016.
The proposed cuts reflect a belief shared by many conservatives that the State Department and other government agencies have grown too large and drifted away from their core missions. Tillerson was taken aback when he arrived on the job to see how much money the State Department was spending on housing and schooling for the families of diplomats living overseas, according to one person familiar with his thinking.
Current and former diplomats fear that the cuts will bite into the work of the State Department and undermine the voice of the U.S. overseas.
Housing and schooling for diplomats and their families? Who do these people think they are, rich energy company CEOs or something? You can keep your kids and your spouse home here in the Greatest Country On Earth, while you're on Uncle Sam's payroll, buddy, and don't you ever forget it.
After all the job of the State Department is to make money for US corporations, not this "voice of the US overseas" crap. We're going to put Trump Towers, Starbucks, KFCs and oil rigs from Albania to Zanzibar, and you're going to create money for US companies and especially Trump companies. You're not here to "talk" to other nations and cultures, you're here to let them know who's now the new landlord in charge, god dammit.
Time to get of the dead weight of these "talkers" and keep more "doers". This is America, and so is anywhere where we have an embassy, and by God you will act like it.