Trump Purges State Department, CIA May Be Next

By “cleaning house” at the State Department, President Trump is going to be able to exert even more influence in shaping the department for years to come.
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    Today, four State Department senior leaders resigned from their positions. The senior State Department leaders were reportedly asked to leave via letter in what is believed to be an effort to “clean house” at the department.

    While the officials technically resigned, the real decision was for the Trump Administration to accept what are pro forma resignations at the beginning of any administration.

    Also among those not asked to return to service was highly controversial Assistant Secretary for Europe Victoria Nuland, who seemed to work tirelessly to damage US relations with Russia. Nuland openly supported a coup in Ukraine, handing out bread to protesters, as well as working behind the scenes to form the post-coup government.

    By “cleaning house” at the State Department, President Trump is going to be able to exert even more influence in shaping the department for years to come.

    Another agency at which Trump could “clean house” is the CIA, which appeared to be a source of leaks in opposition to the president in the run up to his inauguration. Former CIA Director John Brennan openly feuded with Trump and has attacked him even after Trump assumed office.

    Last week, Shadowproof spoke to former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou about the CIA’s war with Trump and the agency’s future.

    Kiriakou, who personally knew John Brennan when at CIA, explained how President Barack Obama’s intelligence team came to be and some of the institutional changes Brennan made at the CIA. Brennan may have been a mediocre to poor intelligence official, but he was great at politics and was able to maneuver behind the scenes to get to the top.

    But, as Kiriakou notes, Brennan’s legacy is likely to come under assault by President Trump and now-CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Trump’s foreign policy vision is fundamentally at odds with the one pursued under Obama, and the CIA will need to be changed to fit the new nationalist realism of the Trump Administration.

    National Security Advisor Mike Flynn, the target of one of the recent intelligence leaks and former head of the rival Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), appears to be more than happy to help Trump reshape the CIA in his image.

    And, of course, one of the ways to ensure an organization takes a new path is to insert new leaders into it. That, correspondingly, requires old leaders to go. So, if President Trump’s State Department purge is any indication, expect him to clean house at the CIA too.

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    • James Sampson

      He is doing what we elected him to do DRAIN THE SWAMP

      • James Wherry

        I did not vote for president Trump, but every day that I wake up under the Trump presidency has been a great day for America. He has done what no other politician has done: kept his campaign promises.

    • James Wherry

      Actually, the higher ranking State Department officials started looking for work, the moment President Trump was elected. The higher ranking ones announced and departed before the inauguration.

    • notlurking

      Clorox stocks jumped!……

    • Good for Trump! The Neocons, Fascists and corrupt globalists have ruled these agencies for far, far too long. These are the folks that bombed Libya, destroyed Iraq, supported the Muslim Brotherhood, created and orchestrated the coup in the Ukraine, and very likely pursued treasonous actions against the interests of the United States..some of them should be in prison.

      • dale ruff

        Trumps Secy of State, Secy of Defense, and CIA chief have all said: “Russia is enemy #1.”

        Trump’s words are bullshit and propaganda lies. Personnel is policy. Wake up, Sheeple!

        You have been sold kool aid by a master salesman, who is now controlled by the Shadow government.

        • TecumsehUnfaced

          I liked your article, and the range of your other writing. But I don’t know that I could give you anything constructive right now that would be useful to you.

          I imagine that you have already compared Trump’s facial gymnastics with those of Mussolini’s.

        • James Wherry

          I am disappointed that President Trump did not is sanctions on Russia, but he is at least speaking to President Putin and I suspect that there is a plan in the works that we have not yet seen.

          • dale ruff

            Yesterday, Trump’s UN Ambassador (who speaks for the President) denounced Russia and said the Crimea-related sanctions would not come off until Russia returned Crimea, which will not happen. The plan is to sucker the public with a peace overture while turning over foreign policy to a Secy of Defense and CIA director who see Russia as a grave threat and enemy #1. The plan is to fake left, then go right.

            Trump is also itching to bomb Iran, and of course Russia, China, Iraq, and Syria are all military allies of Russia. War on Iran is war on all these nations.

            Once the lies are exposed, the truth emerges: Trump is a puppet of the neo-cons he denounced and totally “1000% behind the CIA.” or the Deep State.

            Put knows that the needy and egotistical Trump can be manipulted with praise and so, while observing the realities of the continued attack on Russian interests (from Crimea to Iran), he hopes to restrain him with flattery. The man who had The Art of the Deal ghostwritten is being schooled by a master of deceit and control.

            • James Wherry

              Wow. Sorry, Dale: I’ve tried four times to respond to you, but my comment is “awaiting moderation” and I didn’t use one bad word, at all. Hopefully, President Trump keeps his word and his anti-jihadist perspective.

      • tapatio
      • James Wherry

        Hey man. It has already been pointed out that the first people who President Trump ran against were the establishment Republicans, not the left-wing Democrats.

        After seeing 50 years of elected officials going to Washington DC and saying, “whoops! Just kidding. My campaign promises don’t mean a thing,” this has been a wonderful 14 days.