Mystery, Anger Linger Over the Firing of a Pro-Trump Top State Department Official

Breitbart | 8/14/2019 | Staff
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Kiron Skinner, a top State Department official and respected black foreign policy scholar, was fired earlier this month, but exactly why she was fired remains something of a mystery.

Immediately after she was fired, Politico published a piece citing anonymous sources that blamed her “abusive” management style, including “making homophobic remarks” and accusing people of having affairs.

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However, in the days since, supporters of Skinner have claimed there were other reasons behind her firing.

One former senior administration official said Skinner was targeted because she was determined to implement President Trump’s America First agenda at the agency, and because she had a powerful position as head of policy planning.

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The former official said Skinner was the only person who could effectively block or accept policy memos from the various regional and functional bureaus from going up to Pompeo. This frustrated career officials and Trump appointees who disagreed with the agenda alike, the former official said.

“The entire building wanted her gone,” the former official said.

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The former official said the complaints about her using homophobic language were “absolutely inaccurate.”

“It’s the same exact thing they do to a lot of people in the administration, including the president. They can’t call her a racist, so they call her homophobic,” the former official said.

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As far as who wanted her gone — half a dozen sources tell Breitbart News it was a mixture of appointees and career officials.

It was not a secret within the department that Skinner butted heads with Mary Kissel, a senior adviser on policy and strategic messaging for Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.

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But one source said Kissel did not have the power to get her fired, and that Skinner had mismanaged her department to the point where staffers were threatening to quit if she was not removed.

It is unclear exactly who those staffers are who threatened to...
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