On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, the State Department’s entire senior management team resigned unexpectedly.
Patrick Kennedy, who served for nine years as the undersecretary for management, Assistant Secretaries for Administration and Consular Affairs Joyce Anne Barr and Michele Bond, and Ambassador Gentry Smith, director of the Office for Foreign Mission, left creating quite a disruption at the State Department.
All four who were serving in positions appointed by the President submitted letters of resignation.
Whether they were also sent letters from the White House that their service was no longer required is unclear.
One senior State Department official though has stated, “Any implication that that these four people quit is wrong. These people are loyal to the Secretary, the President and to the State Department. There is just not any attempt here to diss the President. People are not quitting and running away in disgust. This is the White House cleaning house.”