State Department officials take a stand against Trump’s Muslim ban | MSNBC

It’s not at all common for hundreds of officials in the executive branch to take a public stand in opposition to a White House policy, but as the New York Times reported, that’s exactly what happened this week at the State Department.
It started out in Washington. Then it went to Jakarta. Then across Africa. One version even showed up on Facebook.

Within hours, a State Department dissent cable, asserting that President Trump’s executive order to temporarily bar citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries would not make the nation safer, traveled like a chain letter — or a viral video.

The cable wended its way through dozens of American embassies around the world, quickly emerging as one of the broadest protests by American officials against their president’s policies. And it is not over yet.

As of yesterday, roughly 1,000 officials at the State Department had put their names on a “dissent cable,” which is the mechanism made available to civil servants to express their disagreement. There’s no reason to believe the total number of signatures won’t grow further.

Read the full report here: State Department officials take a stand against Trump’s Muslim ban | MSNBC

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