Trump team orders Obama's overseas envoys to quit by Inauguration day
- Author: Jon Douglas Jan 08, 2017,
Jan 08, 2017, 0:20
The Trump transition team has issued a blanket order to all politically-appointed ambassadors from the Obama Administration, requiring every single one of them to resign from their posts "without exception" by January 20th.
He was confirming a report in the New York Times, which quoted diplomatic sources as saying previous us administrations, from both major political parties, have traditionally granted extensions to allow a few ambassadors, particularly those with school-age children, to remain in place for weeks or months. Not only isn't anyone involved in this disgusting affair ashamed of it, but the "ambassador's" official bio on the embassy site boasts that he was "among the first to join Barack Obama's National Finance Committee".
Political appointees are often close to the president who gave them the job.
They have been told to leave before inauguration day and were all appointed by the Obama administration.
In Costa Rica, Ambassador Stafford Fitzgerald Haney is hunting for a house or an apartment as his family - which includes four school-age children and his wife, who has been battling breast cancer - struggles to figure out how to avoid a move back to the United States with five months left in the school year, according to the diplomats. Some ambassadors are said to be considering repealing the decision. It's normal for a president to want their own diplomats installed. "All political appointees were directed to do that".
According to the American Foreign Service Association, a union representing diplomats, there are 188 USA ambassadors worldwide. While big campaign donors are rewarded with swish sinecures, other key posts go to party grandees and trusted supporters tasked with handling sensitive, strategic relations.
Trump has already named Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as his ambassador to China and bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman for the post in Israel, though its highly unlikely that the Republican president-elect will have thought through all of his foreign envoys by now.
A former professional baseball player, he was appointed by Barack Obama and is a personal friend of the outgoing president.
Donald Trump's full of bold moves lately.
There is no grace period for the ambassadors which represent a significant departure from established tradition.