The state department’s spokesman didn’t know Mexico’s foreign minister was in DC—another sign America’s diplomats are sidelined

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was only told about the Mexican foreign minister’s visit the night before and didn’t get to meet him.

In normal times, a visit by the foreign minister of one of America’s closest allies would be coordinated by the State Department from start to finish, with a meeting between the minister and the secretary of State in the midst of it.
But in US president Donald Trump’s Washington, not only did secretary of State Rex Tillerson not meet Mexican foreign minister Luis Videgaray on a March 9 visit; his chief spokesman didn’t even know Videgaray was in the city. Mark Toner told reporters who asked about the visit:
Good question. We’ll take that and get back to you. I was unaware that he was—the foreign minister was in town. And I’m not sure—I can’t speak to whether there’s going to be any meetings at the State Department at any level.
The Los Angeles Times then reported that that Videgaray had called Tillerson “the night before to let him know he was arriving in Washington.” But Videgaray met Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in the White House instead.

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE — Source: The state department’s spokesman didn’t know Mexico’s foreign minister was in DC—another sign America’s diplomats are sidelined — Quartz

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