President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team will be wasting no time come Inauguration Day. The incoming administration has demanded that all of President Obama’s politically appointed ambassadors leave their overseas posts by Jan. 20.
In the past, administrations have granted extended stays with certain ambassadors on a case-by-case basis. However, Trump’s team is breaking with tradition and wants to make sure Obama’s appointees leave the government on schedule. According to the New York Times, a senior Trump transition official said there is no “ill will” in the directive.
The issue Trump’s administration may run into with this decision is the fact that the U.S. could be without Senate-confirmed representatives for months. Essentially, key ally countries like Germany, France, and Britain will have no U.S. ambassadors within their domain.
Thus far, Trump has designated a handful of ambassadors to certain countries. For example, bankruptcy lawyer and campaign adviser David Friedman will serve as U.S. ambassador to Israel, while Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will tackle foreign policy as a U.S. ambassador to China.
H/T: The Hill
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