About 60 percent of top-ranking career diplomats have left the State Department while the number of people applying to join the foreign service has dropped by half since President Trump has took office, McClatchy reported, citing recent data from the American Foreign Service Association.
U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley resigned last week following Trump’s reported “shithole countries” remark, saying he no longer feels he can “comfortably” serve under Trump.
“Given what happened in the last few days, people are wondering how are they going to be effective in an environment like this,” a U.S. official who works regularly with the State Department told McClatchy.
“It’s one thing for us to go in and slam our hands on the table and say this is what we want … It’s another to denigrate them and make it crystal clear this is what our leadership thinks about them in the vulgarest of terms.”
The Hill added:
Feeley submitted his resignation letter before reports that Trump, during a meeting with lawmakers at the White House, referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries,” according to McClatchy.
Some other officials in the State Department reportedly have since questioned whether they are serving productively in their roles.
Still, one State Department official told McClatchy that there is a “sense of duty to carry out what we’ve been trained [to do].”