This is a diagram of the seniormost staff of the Department of State. Blue X’s are unfilled positions; red X’s are positions which were purged. Note that the “filled” positions are not actually confirmed yet. (From Trial balloon for a coup?) The reproduction is pretty bad, but you can see how many positions remain vacant.
Will Kim Jong Un decide to send an explosive ambassador? What about the minor players who have severely injured us in the past?
Trump has stripped the major agencies of the people at the top who make decisions. He fired the Acting Attorney General for overruling his immigration order. The rule of law is under siege. We are truly in uncharted territory.
It’s not looking good.