There's little reason to think that the Trump administration prioritizes fact checking, as most recently evidenced by reports that the deputy assistant secretary in the State Department's Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations submitted a heavily embellished resumé and a fake Time Magazine cover with her face on it to boost her credibility for the job.
Mina Chang falsely asserted that she had a Harvard degree and a former job at the United Nations. She claimed to have spoken at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, while also leading reviewers to believe she testified before Congress.
The Trump administration has chosen former Fox News reporter Lea Gabrielle the special envoy and coordinator of the Global Engagement Center as part of the State Department's efforts to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation. The announcement had been predicted to come as soon as today, according to two officials with knowledge of the matter.
"Lea will provide the permanent leadership we have needed to bolster the Global Engagement Center's operations," said Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino. "She will begin her duties on Monday."
U.S. Embassies Around the World Are Now Auctioning Off 'Surplus Property' and the Proceeds Will Go to the Treasury
The United States Embassy in London is having a yard sale, so to speak. And they aren't alone.
Online auctions for surplus property are either ongoing or pending at nine embassies and one consulate in eight countries. The U.S. State Department runs an online auction site to handle all the sales.
Latest New York Daily News Cover Drags Ivanka for Her Tone Deaf Photo Op at Jerusalem Embassy Opening
The United States, under the direction of President Donald Trump, officially moved the United States embassy to Israel to the city of Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The move is controversial globally and in the region.
Jerusalem, a city west of the Dead Sea, remains a place of pilgrimage and worship for Jews, Christians and Muslims for over 2,000 years. Ownership of the area is also in dispute.
Trump's State Department Is Watering Down Its Language on Women's Rights and Hillary Clinton Just Called Them Out
State Department officials, under the direction of the Trump administration, will tone down or eliminate information regarding women's rights and discrimination in their annual report on human rights around the world. That action drew criticism, including from the previous head of the department, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Secretary Clinton reminded her successor, Rex Tillerson, and his bosses, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, that "Women's rights are human rights."
Yesterday, reporter Amy Westervelt noticed an April 4 State Department blog post promoting Mar-a-Lago, the country club owned by President Donald Trump. The ensuing uproar forced the State Department to remove the post, which was on the department's ShareAmerica website and was shared on websites and Facebook pages for multiple US embassies.
Westervelt was blunt in her criticism.
The State Department's entire senior level management officials have turned in their resignations.
The mass exodus began earlier this afternoon when Patrick Kennedy, the agency's long-serving undersecretary for management who'd worked in the role for nine years, resigned unexpectedly. According to officials within the State Department, Kennedy played an active role in the transition and sought to keep his job under Rex Tillerson, who the Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier this week confirmed for Secretary of State (and will now lead a full vote). The Washington Post earlier reported that Tillerson was looking to replace Kennedy altogether. Whether Kennedy left of his own volition or was pushed out was a matter of dispute within the department.