Donald Trump has no concerns whatsoever about a lack of nominees for key positions at the State Department, arguing it wouldn’t affect his agenda.
“Let me tell you, the one that matters is me, I’m the only one that matters because when it comes to it that’s what’s the policy is going to be,” Trump said on Fox News when pressed about vacancies by Laura Ingraham.
“We don’t need all the people that they want,” Trump continued. “Don’t forget, I’m a business person and I tell my people, well you don’t need to fill slots, don’t fill them.”
A number of top positions remain unfilled at the State Department, including officials overseeing Southeast Asia and arms control. Trump has fallen behind his four predecessors in the number of appointments confirmed by the Senate by this time.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has focused on cutting costs and reorganizing the State Department to meet a White House goal of reducing its budget by 30 percent.
Trump defended his decision not to appoint nominees for certain positions on Thursday night, telling Fox, “We have some people that I’m not happy with their thinking process.”
Trump says he's not worried about unfilled State Department roles b/c "the one that matters is me. I am the only one that matters." pic.twitter.com/JxcWiy7ozY
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 3, 2017