In what is definitely a politically motivated decision About 900 U.S. State Department officials signed an internal dissent memo protesting a travel ban by U.S. President Donald Trump on refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, a source familiar with the document said on Tuesday, in a rebellion against the new president’s policies.
A senior State Department official confirmed the memorandum had been submitted to acting Secretary of State Tom Shannon through the department’s “dissent channel,” a process in which officials can express unhappiness over policy (bit.ly/2jOYW0y).
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Monday he was aware of the memo but warned career diplomats that they should either “get with the program or they can go.”
A draft of the dissent memo seen by Reuters argued that the executive order would sour relations with affected countries, inflame anti-American sentiment and hurt those who sought to visit the United Spates for humanitarian reasons.
It said the policy “runs counter to core American values of non-discrimination, fair play and extending a warm welcome to foreign visitors and immigrants.
Trump on Friday signed an executive order that temporarily bans refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries, sparking tumult at U.S. airports and protests in major American cities.
The ban affects Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Even before the executive order on immigration was issued, concern among State Department officials had been growing over news reports that Trump was about to ease sanctions against Russia, said one State Department official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The resignation of at least four top State Department officials, including Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy, who formally left the department on Tuesday, also caused some unease among diplomats who worried about a power vacuum. source
Comment this may seem like a sad day for Trump who of course will be furious but is it? trump who is a genius probably knew or may have thought that a few people may have exposed themselves as anti Trump but now we have literally hundreds showing their distaste for the office of the president.
This is an excellent opportunity for mass firings which wont be a problem for President Trump who made a name for himself firing people. What president wants an army of traitors working underneath him. Donald Trump values trust honor and faithfulness above all will not tolerate this kind of descent from the rank and file for what is only a 90 day ban on specific countries which will be re-assessed after they secure a competent vetting procedure.
How Trump deals with dishonest people
What Trump does to A WHOLE group of people who are not up to the task in hand