State Department Faces New Diplomatic Hurdles

British Prime Minister Theresa May is making it clear that Britain does not agree with President Trump's view of torture.
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Next tonight, we are learning of sweeping changes at the state department. At least six top senioring manies are leaving. We have new reporting on that front as the first visit begins here. Theresa may is here, meeting with Republicans in Philadelphia today, and even before her visit to the white house tomorrow, ush. ING back to what the president told us here that torture works. Here's Martha Raddatz tonight. Reporter: Tonight, a state department shakeup after an unusually large exodus of foreign service officers, at least six, walking out the door. Though not technically fired, the appointees were told they would not be asked to stay on in the trump administration. This coming just as the state department faces new diplomatic hurdles on the eve of president Donald Trump's first meeting with Britain's prime minister, one of America's closest allies, Theresa may, telling reporters Britain does not agree with president trump's view of torture. We condemn torture and my view on that won't change, whether I'm talking to you or talking to the president of the united States. Her bold words in direct response to what president trump told David. But I have spoken as recently as 24 hours ago, with people at the highest level of intelligence, and I asked them the question. Does it work? Does torture work? And the answer was, yes. Absolutely. You're now the president. Do you want waterboarding? I don't want people to chop off the citizens' or anybody's heads in the Middle East, okay? Because they are Christian or Muslim or anything else. We're not playing on an even field. I will say this. I will rely on Pompeo and Mattis and my group. And if they don't want to do, that's fine. If they do want to do, then I will work for that end. I want to do everything within the bounds of what you are allowed to do legally, but do I feel it works? Absolutely, I feel it works. Reporter: But even Republican leaders are countering president trump. I think the director of the CIA has made it clear he will follow along, and I believe virtually all of my members are comfortable with the state of the law on that issue now. Torture is illegal. It's not legal. We agree with it not being legal. Reporter: Traveling today, president trump taking his first trip on marine one, a military aide boarding behind him. Carrying what's called the nuclear football. Something else David asked about. Right after the oath of office, they gave you the nuclear codes, the biscuit. Sobering moment? When they explained what it represents and the kind of destruction that you are talking about about, it's a very sobering moment, yes. Very scary in a sense. Does it keep you up at night? No. I have confidence that I will do the right thing. The right job. And Martha Raddatz with us live from Washington. Just as president trump talks about receiving those nuclear codes, word he is heading to the Pentagon tomorrow? Reporter: Tomorrow is the ceremonial swearing in of his defense secretary, James Mattis, but before that he will meet for a short time with the joint chiefs of staff. He will not be given two options for the fight against ISIS. The new plan is several weeks away. But the expectation is that president trump will give some guidance as to what he expects from the chiefs, David. That are ma, thauls great to have you.

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