The flags within the lobby of the State Department stood bathed in daylight and silence on a current afternoon. It’s usually so busy right here,” marveled a State Department staffer as we stood watching the emptiness. People are normally coming in for conferences, there’s numerous folks, and now it’s so quiet.” The action at Foggy Bottom has as a substitute moved to the State Department cafeteria the place, within the absence of work, individuals linger over countless coffees with colleagues. (The cafeteria is so crowded all day,” a mid-degree State Department officer said, including that it was a really uncommon sight. No one’s doing something.”) As the staffer and I walked among the many tables and chairs, individuals with badges chatted over espresso; one was reading his Kindle.
That specific incident was disheartening to many State Department officers who hope that Mr. Tillerson – who had a long profession as …Continue reading