Fired for praising Obama as the second U.S. diplomat in Britain in his speech

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 Fired for praising Obama as the second U.S. diplomat in Britain in his speech


Report: Trumps ambassador to the UK fired his deputy because he mentioned Obamas screenshot: Capitol Hill

The Capitol Hill reported on December 3 that Lewis Lukens, former deputy head of the U.S. Embassy in London, recently gave an interview, disclosing details of his dismissal at the end of 2018 for the first time.

Lukens has worked in the US House of affairs for 30 years. He served as the executive secretary of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. From 2016 to the end of 2018, he served as the deputy head of the Embassy in London. He is the second diplomat after the ambassador to the UK. He also acted as the temporary agent of the Embassy in England for 7 months in 2017.

In November 2018, Lukens delivered a speech at two British universities, praising the special relationship between the United States and Britain, and was dismissed a week later.

Lukans said he was sacked for mentioning former President Barack Obama in his speech

In his opening remarks, he mentioned an anecdote that former President Barack Obama visited Senegal in 2013 and disagreed with President Markey Salle on the issue of homosexuality. Lukens was then ambassador to Senegal.

He praised Obama for his well handled and skilful answers to sharp questions from U.S. journalists, and his popularity there, with crowds cheering his name on the streets and selling shirts with the words we love Obama on them, unbelievable.

A week after the speech, however, woody Johnson, the ambassador to the UK, suddenly told Luke that he had been removed.

At that time, seven months before the normal rotation of lukans, he thought that his fatal mistake was to mention Obama in his speech. Now, Luke works in a private company in London.

Neither the State Department nor the Embassy in London responded to the report.

Woody Johnson, US ambassador to the UK @ Vision China

GQ pointed out that Lukens encounter was a bleak case of the highly politicized U.S. foreign service under trump. No president has shown such undisguised hostility to diplomats as trump.

The US government has eviscerated the State Departments ranks of professional diplomats through budget cuts, suspension of recruitment and even personal attacks, leading to the brain drain at an alarming rate, the article said.

In Trumps first two years in office, nearly half of the State Departments career ministers retired or were forced to leave, and 20 percent of the next level ministerial advisers left, according to the American Association of foreign service (AFSA).

In 2009, about 21000 people applied for the diplomat exam, compared with less than 9000 this year. So far, there are 20 vacancies in the United States, and about one third of the embassies and consulates abroad are vacant. The process of appointing candidates was disrupted by impeachment investigations in Congress.

On the other hand, trump has the highest number of political appointed ambassadors since the 1960s, accounting for 52% of the total. Most of them are close friends of the president, or those who have worked hard in the general election. Some of them lack understanding of the host country and diplomatic etiquette, but they have to take over sensitive matters related to national security.

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Among them, the 72 year old ambassador to the UK, Johnson, who took office in 2017, is a political appointee. He comes from the founder family of Johnson & Johnson company in the United States and has donated $1 million to the trump Inaugural Committee.

According to embassy staff, Johnson often talks about deep state and questions whether those employees who are not loyal to trump in his opinion are patriotic.

Lukens said the political appointed ambassadors distrust of professional diplomats was at a level Ive never seen in my life.. Many of the former have a groundless understanding that the vast majority of government officials are Democrats and liberals who oppose the trump agenda, but this is not the truth.

Last month, the global diplomacy index released by the International Policy Research Institute of zhikuloi, Australia, showed that for the first time, China surpassed the United States in the 2019 global diplomacy network ranking, ranking first.