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Several news sources are reporting that the State Department's entire senior-level staff resigned effective Friday. Others reported it as a firing. What appears to be standard practice is for existing senior-level staff to submit their resignations with the start of a new administration. The new administration then has the option of accepting those resignations or asking some or all to stay on...at least for a few months if not longer until the new administration can get on its feet. However, in this case, the senior-staff themselves decided they didn't want to stay on.
That's one version of events. The other is that Trump wanted to get rid of all of Kerry's senior staff as quickly as possible...like Friday. You're Fired. Whatever.
As reported by the Daily Beast, "David Wade, former chief of staff for John Kerry, called it “the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember, and that’s incredibly difficult to replicate.” He added that such positions are extremely difficult to fill. Those who left were reportedly career foreign-service officers who’ve served in both Republican and Democratic administrations."
Rex Tillerson will have a difficult time in the transition without the people who know how things are run. But no matter. He can always get guidance from his boss who claims to be a "very smart man."