Trump Breaks Precedent, Calls For Immediate Resignation Of US Ambassadors
WATCH VIDEO BELOW AND TAKE POLL
President-elect Donald Trump is calling for the resignation of all politically appointed U.S. ambassadors, effective his inauguration day, Jan. 20.
According to a story at Western Journalism
The mandate “was issued ‘without exceptions,’ according to a terse State Department cable sent on Dec. 23, diplomats who saw it said,” the New York Times reported.
The move by Trump is described as unprecedented, according to the Times.
Usually, an incoming administration allows a grace period for politically appointed ambassadors of weeks or even months, on a case-by-case basis, as new ambassadors to prime locations are confirmed by the senate, which can take months.
Examples of such posts would be countries like Great Britain, Germany, Australia, which are normally filled by donors or those with other connections to the new president.
Ambassadorships to less desirable or dangerous places like Libya, Sudan or Afghanistan are filled by career diplomats, according to Politico.
There is a total of 188 ambassadorships available, according to the American Foreign Service Association, of which about 30 percent are political appointees.
“A senior Trump transition official said there was no ill will in the move, describing it as a simple matter of ensuring that Mr. Obama’s overseas appointees leave the government on schedule, just as thousands of political aides at the White House and in federal agencies must do,” the Times reported.