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Trump's Protocol Chief Is Quitting Just Before the G-20 Summit

  • Sean Lawler faces a probe into claims of verbal altercations
  • Protocol official assists president on overseas trips
Sean Lawler
Sean LawlerPhotographer: Alex Edelman/picture-alliance/dpa/AP
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The Trump administration official in charge of diplomatic protocol plans to resign and isn’t going to Japan for this week’s Group of 20 meetings, where he would have played a sensitive behind-the-scenes role, according to people familiar with the matter.

Sean Lawler, a State Department official whose title is chief of protocol, is departing amid a possible inspector general’s probe into accusations of intimidating staff and carrying a whip in the office, according to one of the people.