(London Daily Mail) Diplomatic experts in the State Department were laid off on Thursday as part of the transition into the new administration.
Multiple employees in the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the Counselor offices lost their jobs.
The lay-offs were carried out by Rex Tillerson's aides as the Secretary of State embarked on his first foreign trip in his new role to Germany.
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The move has fueled speculation that the Trump administration seeks to stamp its authority on global affairs with key foreign policy being controlled directly from the White House, instead of by diplomats.