Foreign Policy

We’ll Have No Ambassadors Soon

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Ambassadors are typically granted a grace period of service when a new presidential administration takes office, but the Trump regime doesn't care about precedent or political norms.

All politically-appointed ambassadors and envoys have been ordered to leave their posts before despot-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

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.

Moving forward without ambassadors to some of our closest allies is obviously a problem, but the bigger problem could be the ignorant toadies and donors Trump replaces them with.

Ambassadorships are typically granted to donors and minor celebrities because they're among the few people who can afford to engage in the necessary lifestyle of an ambassador. That in itself has never been a significant problem in the past, but the loathsome breed of people who donate to Donald Trump could pose a problem.

Trump and his appointees could spark an international incident on any given day with a single stupid tweet.

  • mnpollio

    This is far from surprising for Trump. Ambassadors are usually a vital part of diplomacy and as Trump has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, he sees no need for diplomacy unless he is responding to someone kissing his saggy backside. The person who is President of the U.S. should be the smartest person in the room, well versed in diplomacy and have empathy for all citizens. Trump has flunked all three of those requirements.

  • muselet

    Even assuming the staffs are competent and diligent—a safe assumption—not having anyone at the top of the org chart will severely limit embassies’ ability to deal with ordinary problems, let alone crises.

    This will not end well.

    –alopecia

  • Scopedog

    Trump and his appointees could spark an international incident on any given day with a single stupid tweet.

    Yep. But hey, there’s Hillary’s emails!!

    In all seriousness…who didn’t see this shitstorm coming?

  • Aynwrong

    This is a truly disgusting move on Trump’s part. These people may have been political appointees but they were serving their country. Trump and his campaign just spit on patriots who were doing their jobs. Would this have been done to Ambassador Chris Stevens as well? All the admiration that was expressed for him by anyone who defends this is a load of shit. They clearly never respected him or his service.

    What a disgrace!

    • Christopher Foxx

      They clearly never respected him or his service.

      That was clear the first moment they used his beaten corpse as a political ploy.

  • Tony Lavely

    The orange mop needs more miles on his 757.