NYT’s Mark Mazzetti:’There’s No Question There’s Dysfunction at the State Dept.’

‘There’s no question there’s dysfunction at the State Department at the top with the appointments ‘

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MAZZETTI: "The official machinery of Washington, the government kind of grinds to a halt. Look at the State Department, right? There’s no question there’s dysfunction at the State Department at the top with the appointments as you said. But then the interaction between the diplomatic corps, the bureaucracy, and the White House -- I mean, it’s very hard to see how policy gets made outside of a very small group of people at the White House, and as you’ve been saying for a while, how — you know, it seems to be done on a whim. And so that’s problematic. You raise what happened during the campaign, right, the -- the Republican convention, the platform changes. There’s still these questions, and Mueller is looking at them, of why the platform changed, who changed it, what outside influences, what money may have been involved and that’s one of the things we’re still trying to get to the bottom of here."

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