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'''Trump has mostly chosen to work without the advice of the State Department and has proposed cutting the State Department budget by 29%.''' Trump has failed to fill the vast majority of appointed positions open in the State Department and has signaled that he may not fill many of these positions at all. Long-term State Department employees have reported little to no contact with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Tillerson himself has been excluded from important meetings with leaders of other countries. Meanwhile, many of Trump's meetings with foreign leaders have been attended mostly by his personal staff, including son-in-law Jared Kushner, daughter Ivanka Trump and ex-Breitbart CEO Steven Bannon. Ivanka Trump, Kushner, and Bannon have no government or foreign policy experience prior to January 20th, 2017. '''Since much diplomacy is based on tradition and consistency, the inexperience of Trump's foreign policy team could lead to uncertainty and instability in our long-term global relationships.'''
 
'''Trump has mostly chosen to work without the advice of the State Department and has proposed cutting the State Department budget by 29%.''' Trump has failed to fill the vast majority of appointed positions open in the State Department and has signaled that he may not fill many of these positions at all. Long-term State Department employees have reported little to no contact with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Tillerson himself has been excluded from important meetings with leaders of other countries. Meanwhile, many of Trump's meetings with foreign leaders have been attended mostly by his personal staff, including son-in-law Jared Kushner, daughter Ivanka Trump and ex-Breitbart CEO Steven Bannon. Ivanka Trump, Kushner, and Bannon have no government or foreign policy experience prior to January 20th, 2017. '''Since much diplomacy is based on tradition and consistency, the inexperience of Trump's foreign policy team could lead to uncertainty and instability in our long-term global relationships.'''
  
'''The National Security Council (NSC) is the President's closest group of advisors on issues of national security, which includes both military security and trade policy.''' The National Security Council is led by the National Security Advisor, which is one of the most sensitive roles within the government. Trump has already experienced one scandal in the NSC when his National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resign after lying about speaking to Russian agents during the presidential campaign. Flynn later revealed that he had also been working as a foreign agent for the Turkish Government while receiving security briefings. Trump created another NSC scandal by inadvertently appointing Chief Strategist and ex-Breitbart CEO/radio host/movie producer Steven Bannon to the NSC. Bannon is known for being a white supremacist and conspiracy theorist who wants to "destroy the state"--a goal which is directly at odds with the goals of the National Security Council. On April 5th, 2017, Bannon was removed as an official member of the NSC. He stated that his goal had been to "de-operationalize" the NSC and that he had completed that task. He still maintains the highest level of security clearance and may still attend meetings as a non-member.[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/us/politics/national-security-council-stephen-bannon.html?_r=0] '''Under President Trump, the National Security Council has already been infiltrated by at least one foreign agent and is regularly attended by advisors who have publicly discussed working against the government's interests.'''
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'''The National Security Council (NSC) is the President's closest group of advisors on issues of national security, which includes both military security and trade policy.''' The National Security Council is led by the National Security Advisor, which is one of the most sensitive roles within the government. Trump has already experienced one scandal in the NSC when his National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resign after lying about speaking to Russian agents during the presidential campaign. Flynn later revealed that he had also been working as a foreign agent for the Turkish Government while receiving security briefings. Trump created another NSC scandal by inadvertently appointing Chief Strategist and ex-Breitbart CEO/radio host/movie producer Steven Bannon to the NSC. Bannon is known for being a white supremacist and conspiracy theorist who wants to "destroy the state"--a goal which is directly at odds with the goals of the National Security Council. On April 5th, Bannon was removed as an official member of the NSC, saying that his goal had been to "de-operationalize" the NSC, and he had completed that task. He still maintains the highest level of security clearance and may still attend meetings as a non-member.[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/us/politics/national-security-council-stephen-bannon.html?_r=0] '''Under President Trump, the National Security Council has already been infiltrated by at least one foreign agent and is regularly attended by advisors who have publicly discussed working against the government's interests.'''
  
 
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