By Julian Pecquet - 10/01/13 09:59 PM EDT
“Our embassies and consulates overseas will continue to provide U.S. citizen services. So that's not changing,” she said. “And our embassies will also remain at near maximum capacity over the course of time – that's obviously a huge priority.”
“Since consular offices are fee-funded, there's significantly less chance of a furlough occurring for those departments,” she added. “Over time, given that this is not sustainable for a long period of time, there certainly could be impacts on a range of programs. But that's a hypothetical at this point, and we're obviously taking it day by day.”
Psaki said the department is cutting back on training and travel, but not for top diplomats who still need to represent the U.S. on the global stage. Secretary of State John Kerry and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Danny Russel are scheduled to depart Tuesday for a six-day trip to Japan and Indonesia, where he'll discuss defense ties and trade and investment.
“There are key roles that the secretary, the deputy secretary and certainly other high level officials play around the Department of State,” Psaki said, “and they will continue to play those roles and travel and represent our interests overseas.”