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Senior U.S. envoy tries to calm fears over State Department re-design

14:39 EDT 8 Aug 2017 | Yahoo News

Senior U.S. envoy tries to calm fears over State Department re-designBy Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The No. 2 U.S. diplomat on Tuesday sought to allay concerns among the State Department's rank-and-file employees over possible layoffs and perceptions of a lack of firm direction under the administration of President Donald Trump. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, formerly chief executive of Exxon Mobil and new to government, has initiated a top-to-bottom re-organization of the agency, saying it will improve diplomats' experience and help the department better meet 21st-century challenges. "Re-design is not a synonym for layoffs," Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan was quoted as saying by two officials who listened to his remarks to around 450 employees at a town hall-style event that was closed to journalists.


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