Clinton Deputy Out at State?
Josh Rogin reports that “multiple sources” are saying Jim Steinberg, the deputy secretary of state, is being headhunted for a position running Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Steinberg, Clinton’s deputy for policy and diplomacy, is reportedly dissatisfied with his status in the Obama administration. And the feeling is at least partially mutual:
[S]ome State Department bureaucrats privately gripe about what they see as Steinberg’s sometimes intrusive style, and some of his policy proposals have been seen as poorly coordinated with the other parts of the policy community. “He’s a brilliant guy, but just not a great fit for that job,” said one administration source.
According to two sources familiar with the process, Steinberg has met with the Georgetown search committee and expressed an interest in applying for the job. The search committee has also met with individuals close to Steinberg, to hear their recommendations for him. Sources said the search committee is still narrowing the candidate list and conducting interviews, before making any recommendations to the university president.
When asked if he was a candidate for the job by The Cable, Steinberg said by email, “It would be news to me.”