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Sun Feb 11, 2018, 11:11 AM

Full Text of Remarks by Top State Dept Official Discharged by Trumps White House

Tom Countryman's Powerful Farewell Address January 31, 2017

'Last week, six top State Department officials were suddenly discharged by the White House—an Undersecretary, an acting Undersecretary, and four Assistant Secretaries—without notice and without even a nominee selected to replace them. Tom Countryman, who served the nation for 35 years and at the time as Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, was in Amman booked to fly to an international meeting on nuclear arms control when he received the discharge and orders to turn around and fly back home. Earlier this week, Foreign Policy’s John Hudson wrote about Countryman’s farewell remarks to former colleagues which Hudson described as a “soaring and thinly-veiled critique of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.” It is that and more, including a powerful message to public servants in this administration to keep the faith in our Constitution and in their work on behalf of the national good. With Countryman’s permission, Just Security is reproducing the full text of his remarks.'>>>

https://www.justsecurity.org/37239/full-text-remarks-top-state-dept-official-discharged-trump-white-house-tom-countrymans-powerful-farewell-address/

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Sun Feb 11, 2018, 01:12 PM

1. Those are some remarks

Very eloquent and humble as well.

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Sun Feb 11, 2018, 01:56 PM

2. Thank you for sharing that

Tom Countryman sounds like the kind of person we really need to represent American diplomacy.

That is, no doubt, why Trump fired him.

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