President Trump shot down criticism over the number of vacant posts within the State Department in an interview broadcast late Thursday, saying he is “the only one that matters.” Speaking to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, he said the lack of nominees for important posts—including those overseeing Southeast Asia and arms control—won’t affect the work of his administration. “Let me tell you, the one that matters is me, I’m the only one that matters,” Trump said. “Because when it comes to it, that’s what the policy is going to be,” he said. “We don’t need all the people that they want,” he said. “Don’t forget, I’m a business person and I tell my people, ‘Well, you don’t need to fill slots, don’t fill them.’” Without naming names, Trump also said there are “some people” whose “thinking process” he is not pleased with.
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