Foreign Policy: A Year Later, Tillerson Rolls Back ‘Self Inflicted Wound’

"The freeze prevented embassies from filling vacant positions as diplomats and their family members rotated to new posts, creating a cascading backlog of unfinished work at embassies while a growing pool of family members waited to be hired without any clear direction from Washington. As a result, morale deteriorated among a workforce that already perceived a marginalized role for diplomacy in the Trump administration.

'Routine bureaucratic processes just got entirely sucked up,' said one U.S. diplomat of ambassador rank, speaking on condition of anonymity. The diplomat said it caused a knock-on effect of 'mayhem' all over the world."