Would Eliminating State Dept. Office of Religion and Global Affairs Be a Big Deal?

After President Donald Trump released his first budget proposal earlier this year, a Bloomberg report surfaced indicating that as the administration looked for ways to cut the State Department budget, Trump and administration officials were weighing the possibility of cutting key envoy positions, including ones that deal with anti-semitism and outreach to Muslim communities.When it was announced last month that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declined the Office of Religion and Global Affairs’ request for him to host a traditional Ramadan reception, CNN reported that the office, which is responsible for religious outreach, is “widely expected to be scrapped” as part of the restructuring of the State Department.

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