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Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2107, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Four top State Department officials abruptly resigned. The Border Patrol chief quit, too.

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UPDATE 1:47 p.m. : The chief of the Border Patrol left his job Thursday, the Associated Press reported.

It's not clear if Mark Morgan resigned or was asked to leave. 

When signing an order to create the Mexican border wall, President Trump said he would hire 5,000 Border Patrol agents. 

Four members of the State Department's senior management team abruptly resigned on Wednesday, The Washington Post reports.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in the department's headquarters on Wednesday when Patrick Kennedy, the department's undersecretary for management, resigned, along with three other career diplomats. Kennedy will fully retire at the end of the month, while the other three could be reassigned elsewhere. 

Two other top officials retired on Inauguration Day.

These retirements are a big loss. They leave a void. These are very difficult to replace.
David Wade, former dept. chief of staff

This could make Tillerson's job much harder without an experienced leadership team to guide him. Tillerson, formerly the CEO of ExxonMobile, has never held public office before. 

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Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2107, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The officials who resigned were in charge of taking care of Americans overseas and protecting U.S. diplomats, in addition to other duties that help the department run smoothly. 

Four top State Department officials abruptly resigned. The Border Patrol chief quit, too.

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