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President Trump’s Chief Of Protocol Out

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:03 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Per NBC News:

The Trump administration’s chief of protocol in the State Department has been pulled off the job just ahead of the G-20 summit amid an investigation into allegations of discrimination and harassment, U.S. officials said. He is not expected to return to his job.

Two U.S. officials said that employees in the chief of protocol’s office had been informed that Ambassador Sean Lawler had been suspended indefinitely pending the outcome of the investigation. A third official said that Lawler had told the State Department’s leadership he planned to submit his resignation to President Donald Trump after the G-20 summit, which starts Friday in Osaka, Japan.

Lawler, a political appointee, was nominated by Trump to the position in September 2017 and given the rank of ambassador. He was confirmed by the Senate in November 2017.


The U.S. officials who told NBC News about Lawler’s situation declined to elaborate on the specifics of the allegations, other than to say that numerous employees in his office had resigned in protest of his management and behavior.

Among the behaviors that had caused concern, according to two U.S. officials, is that Lawler was known to carry a whip at work in what was perceived as an attempt to intimidate colleagues.

The way it’s been going, perhaps instead of taking on “only the best people,” President Trump should’ve aimed lower and shot for simple mediocrity.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)


17 Responses to “President Trump’s Chief Of Protocol Out”

  1. A whip???

    Dana (bb0678)

  2. I expect Andy Jackson had Trump topped, but I’m not completely sure.

    Kevin M (21ca15)

  3. When I look back, I think my political views have largely been shaped by Thomas Sowell’s A Conflict of Visions and the BBC documentary series/reality TV show Yes,Minister/Yes, Prime Minister and I don’t have much hope for ever draining the swamp. Something’s gotta give, though.

    I can’t see “Trumpism” surviving sui generis Trump, though many of the hucksters and opportunists will try to pick up his mantle, but with the Democrats exposed as communists and the Republicans exposed as small-government frauds, “A Return To Normalcy” is not going to be the winning rallying cry in 2024 that a lot of people will be betting on. If nothing else, Trump’s been a wrecking ball and as much as some people bemoan his undermining the public’s trust in “our most sacred democratic institutions” I’d say that’s a good thing.

    Jerryskids (702a61)

  4. A whip???

    The floggings will continue until morale improves!

    Dave (1bb933)

  5. Career non-commissioned Navy man. Master Chief Petty Officer. Whether he had his own ideas about what a “Master” does or was an adherent of Winston Churchill ….

    nk (dbc370)

  6. Jerryskids (702a61) — 6/26/2019 @ 3:34 am

    I agree. Things don’t get better until after it has gotten worse. I hope we have already hit rock bottom as a country, but history says “no.”

    felipe (023cc9)

  7. Let’s be honest. Anyone Trump puts in the State Department needs a whip, a chair, several truckloads of rat poison, and full level IV body armor with a stab-proof back trauma plate.

    Ingot9455 (afdf95)

  8. Palomino?

    nk (dbc370)

  9. He’s surrounded by Deep State by why give them ammo?

    harkin (0db537)

  10. He is Deep State.

    Sean P. Lawler is a former master chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy who served as Chief of Protocol of the United States from December 2017 to June 2019. Prior to assuming that role, Lawler was the director for Visits, Planning, and Diplomatic Affairs at the National Security Council. Before that, he was the Chief, Office of Visits and Protocol at the U.S. Cyber Command in Fort Meade, Maryland. A veteran with more than 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy, Lawler capped his military service as the Director of Administration at the Naval Support Facility Thurmont (Camp David) in Thurmont, Maryland. Earlier, he was the Administrative Department Leading Chief Petty Officer and Ship’s Secretary on the USS John C. Stennis and he was an Executive Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.[1][2]

    He was ok as a non-com with a superior officer to supervise him. When Trump made him captain of the ship, he reached his Peter Principle level.

    nk (dbc370)

  11. Trotters

    mg (8cbc69)

  12. felipe,

    Consider the trend:

    Reagan -> HW -> Clinton -> W -> Obama -> Trump.

    I see a definite slope. We’ve had worse periods (1825-1861* and maybe 1909-1923), but not many.

    * count Polk as you will

    Kevin M (21ca15)

  13. A protocol officer for Trump is like an ethics officer for Hillary Clinton: completely useless.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  14. I think the difference between Trumps miscreant appointees and Obamas; is the press covering for the one, while fog horning the other.

    bud (b48f3e)

  15. A protocol officer for Trump is like an ethics officer for Hillary Clinton: completely useless.

    JVW (54fd0b) — 6/26/2019 @ 1:40 pm

    Great comment!

    DRJ (15874d)

  16. Trump yuks it up with Putin over Russian election interference.

    “Don’t meddle in the election, please,” Trump said, smirking and wagging his finger at Putin. He only raised the matter after being questioned by reporters whether he would issue a warning.
    “Yes, of course I will,” Trump said before making his joking aside.

    Dave (1bb933)

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