An internal power struggle between President Donald Trump and the U.S. Department of State could be heating up — at least if a surprising new report is accurate.
The New York Times has revealed that the State Department has just lifted the restrictions on the number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S., in a move that seems to fly in the face of Donald Trump’s campaign promises to voters.
In an email sent just days ago, a State Department official named Jennifer L. Smith quietly told private agencies involved in refugee assistance that foreigners could now enter the country “unconstrained by the weekly quotas that were in place.”
That quota had previously been around 830 incoming people per week. The unexpected change could nearly double the number of refugees to about 1,500 per week.
According to the Times, personnel at the State Department spoke to the Justice Department before raising the refugee limit. However, it is not clear if the president or his key advisers were consulted before the change was put in place.
“The Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, the administrative part of the State Department that manages the inflow of refugees to the United States, continues to be run by holdovers from the Obama administration,” Breitbart News noted about the shocking quota decision.
In other words, Obama-aligned groups within key agencies could be trying to sabotage Trump’s plans. That move would not be unprecedented, as personnel from the previous administration who still work in the Department of Justice and the FBI have reportedly resisted the new president’s agenda at every turn.
The timing of the email also suggests that the State Department did not want Trump supporters to notice the change.
“Betraying the voters who elected Donald Trump, the Department of State slipped the news to the contractors on Thursday who then slipped the news to the New York Times just as you were packing up for the beach or getting ready for a family barbecue using the federal government’s favorite holiday weekend trick to bury the news,” explained Ann Corcoran on the Refugee Resettlement Watch blog.
Those voters will likely have some hard questions for the Trump administration in the coming days. If the refugee policy change was approved by the president, it would signal a major broken promise.
On the other hand, a possible State Department coup against Trump would raise the question of exactly who is in charge of border issues in Washington.
Trump won the election largely due to his pledges to secure the border and “drain the swamp” in the nation’s capital. If the latest reports are accurate, it looks like the swamp is fighting back.
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