Donald Trump Wants Obama Ambassadors Out by Inauguration Day

Miranda GreerJan 07, 2017

Instead, Trump wants all politically appointed ambassadors installed by President Obama to be gone on January 20, the New York Times.

The mandate issued "without exceptions" breaks precedent as no grace period is being provided to the ambassadors to vacate their posts.

To explain (because most of us are probably not familiar with protocol when it comes to ambassadorships), there are two types of ambassadors: "political" appointees, who are usually granted their positions because they have close ties to the president or are big donors, and career diplomats who often retain their posts. The order was delivered by a State Department cable sent just before Christmas.

A Trump transition official told the Times that this was not a political move or one made with any malice, but that it was simply about keeping to a schedule.

In the past, administrations of both Democratic and Republican parties have handed extensions to ambassadors to remain in place for a few weeks or even months, especially to those who have children that go to school.

Gilbert confirmed to Reuters about the news, which was reported by New York Times quoting diplomatic sources.

"When you have people out there whose only reason for being an ambassador is their political connection to the outgoing president of a different party, it's pretty logical to say they should leave", said Ronald E. Neumann, the president of the American Academy of Diplomacy, a Washington-based nonprofit association for former ambassadors and senior diplomats.

The move will also impact the United States envoy to India, Rich Verma, the first Indian American to be named envoy to India, who was picked by Barack Obama for the job in 2014 and arrived in India days before the United States president's visit the following year.

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