Stars and Stripes stripes.com 11 Jan, 2021 02:30 am

US diplomats in extraordinary protest against Trump over assault on Capitol

US diplomats in extraordinary protest against Trump over assault on Capitol
Using what is known as the State Department's "dissent channel," career foreign and civil service officers said they fear last Wednesday's siege may badly undermine U.S. credibility to promote and defend democratic values abroad.

Using what is known as the State Department's "dissent channel," career foreign and civil service officers said they fear last Wednesday's siege may badly undermine U."Failing to publicly hold the president to account would further damage our democracy and our ability to effectively accomplish our foreign policy goals abroad," according to the second of the two cables, which were circulated among diplomats late last week and then sent to State Department leadership.Trump himself has railed about what he sees as disloyalty at the State Department.He once referred to it publicly — and in front of Pompeo and reporters — as "the deep State Department," a reference to what Trump and his supporters believe is a cabal of entrenched bureaucrats intent on subverting his policies.

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment."It is essential that the Department of State explicitly denounce President Trump's role in this violent attack on the U.

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