After President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, he is planning to do a bit of house cleaning around Barack Obama’s politically appointed U.S. ambassadors. He’s basically going to tell them to Hit the road Jack, and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.
Diplomats have confirmed it makes sense for Obama-appointees to leave their post. One whined about leaving immediately upon Trump’s arrival as being “quite harsh.” Oh, cry me a river. The notice was sent out to Obama’s ambassadors on December 23rd. This is from The New York Times:
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s transition staff has issued a blanket edict requiring politically appointed ambassadors to leave their overseas posts by Inauguration Day, according to several American diplomats familiar with the plan, breaking with decades of precedent by declining to provide even the briefest of grace periods.
The mandate — issued “without exceptions,” according to a terse State Department cable sent on Dec. 23, diplomats who saw it said — threatens to leave the United States without Senate-confirmed envoys for months in critical nations like Germany, Canada and Britain. In the past, administrations of both parties have often granted extensions on a case-by-case basis to allow a handful of ambassadors, particularly those with school-age children, to remain in place for weeks or months.
Mr. Trump, by contrast, has taken a hard line against leaving any of President Obama’s political appointees in place as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20 with a mission of dismantling many of his predecessor’s signature foreign and domestic policy achievements.
Ronald E. Neumann, a career Foreign Service officer who held ambassadorships in Algeria, Bahrain, and Afghanistan, said:
I don’t recollect there was ever a guillotine in January where it was just, ‘Everybody out of the pool immediately.
The Democrats are truly acting desperate. Here’s another whiny tweet:
So Trump just fired EVERY diplomatic ambassador on Jan 20th. No nation will have an ambassador for months. https://t.co/XetegD6Yup
— ⛄Mike☃️ (@MBragiel) January 6, 2017
Well, our foreign policy under the Obama administration has been a complete and abject failure. So, we don’t need these people anymore. Americans voted for a fresh start under President Trump. They’re more worried about keeping their high-status jobs than the fact that Obama is letting terrorists out of Gitmo or removing our Navy carriers from their posts. Not surprising of them.
The same way Meryl Streep tried to attack Trump at the Golden Globes over fake news. She’s so worry about the disabled? What about the white special needs teen who was tortured by four black thugs? Not a peep on that, huh Meryl?
What do you think of Trump’s decision on Obama’s ambassadors? Too harsh, or just right?