Secretary of State Rex Tillerson followed in President Donald Trump’s footsteps and cut 2,300 jobs from the State Department earlier in the week.
Throughout the election, Trump promised to drain the swamp, and Tillerson’s latest cuts are following through on that promise.
According to the AP, the majority of Tillerson’s cuts will eliminate specific positions after current employees retire, while others will receive buyouts.
“We are undertaking a reorganization of the State Department, but it’s not just a collapse of boxes,” said Tillerson on Friday. “What we really want to do is examine the process by which the men and women — the career foreign service people, the civil servants, our embassies — how they deliver on that mission.”
Tillerson also said he would eliminate various wasteful departmental policies.
“(T)here are a lot of rules — and people follow the rules, and you look at the rule, and you say … ‘Why do we do it that way?’ And no one can seem to remember why we did it that way.”
“Now, I’m sure the rule was put in place once upon a time to address a specific situation, and then because of the way our government changes every four, eight years, a lot of these rules get left in place and no one ever goes back to reexamine them,” he added.
Finally, someone is following through and downsizing the wasteful federal government. This is music to our ears and a benefit to our wallet.
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