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CNN reports that the Trump administration told four top State Department management officials, “their services were no longer needed.” Patrick Kennedy, who served for nine years as the undersecretary for management, Assistant Secretaries for Administration and Consular Affairs Michele Bond and Joyce Anne Barr, and Ambassador Gentry Smith, director of the Office for Foreign Missions, were sent letters by the White House that their service was no longer required, the sources told CNN. All four, considering tradition submitted letters of resignation. After the letters, the White House said “their resignation were accepted.” As, Mark Toner, the State Department’s acting spokesman, said in a statement, “These positions are political appointments, and require the President to nominate and the Senate to confirm them in these roles. They are not career appointments but of limited term,” CNN reports.