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Saturday, January 19, 2019

(Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has issued a blanket mandate requiring politically appointed ambassadors installed by President Barack Obama to leave their posts by Inauguration Day, the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand said on Friday.

“I will be departing on January 20th,” Ambassador Mark Gilbert said in a Twitter message to Reuters.

The mandate was issued “without exceptions” through an order sent in a State Department cable on Dec. 23, Gilbert said.

He was confirming a report in the New York Times, which quoted diplomatic sources as saying previous U.S. 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.

Officials from the State Department and Trump’s transition team were was not immediately available for comment.

The order threatens to leave the United States without Senate-confirmed envoys for months in critical nations like Germany, Canada, and Britain, the New York Times reported.

A senior Trump transition official told the newspaper there was no ill will in the move, describing it as a simple matter of ensuring Obama’s overseas envoys leave the government on schedule, just as thousands of political aides at the White House and in federal agencies must do.

Trump has taken a strict stance against leaving any of Obama’s political appointees in place as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20, aiming to break up many of his predecessor’s signature foreign and domestic policy achievements, the newspaper said.

Diplomats told New York Times the order has thrown their personal lives into a tailspin, leaving them scrambling to secure living arrangements and acquire visas allowing them to stay in their countries so their children can remain in school.

(Reporting by Jonathan Barrett and Tom Westbrook in Sydney; Additional reporting by Rama Venkat Raman in Bengaluru.; Editing by Sunil Nair and Raju Gopalakrishnan)

IMAGE: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a rally with supporters in Aston, Pennsylvania, September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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27 responses to “Trump Orders All Obama’s Ambassadors To Quit By Inauguration Day”

  1. charleo1 says:

    Coups are often followed by purges. And besides, who needs a diplomatic corp when there’s Twitter? “Huge non-agreession pact reached with V. Putin. Polish people very uncool, and will no longer be tolerated.” MAGA @realtrump.

  2. Lynda Groom says:

    Amateur night on steroids. Who needs to converse with the world anyway?

  3. 1standlastword says:

    The Trump equivalent of de-baathification!

    Pray our turn at regime change and reconstruction goes better than one we conducted for the Iraqis

  4. ivory69690@yahoo.com says:

    this DONNY DUMP is the biggest child minded clown the country and heck even the world has ever seen . this retarded moron is going to get the USA in so much trouble with the world and the DEMS wont be able to dig the country out of the grave . deeper then the grave the DIRTY BUSH put us in he is mentally unstable and would flunk a psychiatrist examination . all but coming up with brain infected deranged full blown nut case that shouldn’t run the toilet at a MICKY DEE’S he would get that job by knowing about BULL CHIT mostly the CHIT for his head is full of it and where he go’s and chits is the same place he talks out of but before talking he has to take his head out first

  5. ivory69690@yahoo.com says:

    with this DONNY DUMP moron in the house the people only thing that can save the country and the people is that we get in touch with the CARTEL & ISIS and work a deal to take care of the B/S THAT IS IN THE WHITE HOUSE I believe any price thy say just give it to them and let the DUMPSTER be gone . and if be it one dosent want to go the RT. of the CARTEL or ISIS then its then the CIA’s job to save the country and the world from this RETARDED CLOWN

  6. johninPCFL says:

    Typical Agent Orange, weaken the US overseas as much as possible to let Putin act more openly.

  7. bobnstuff says:

    Just when you think that Trump can’t do anything stupider he finds a new low. I guess that cutting of your nose to spite your face is the new Republican way of doing things. It looks like there is nothing they won’t do to try to remove all things Obama. Last I heard they were spending 9 trillion dollars to get rid of Obamacare.If we have a country left when they are done it will be amazing.

  8. The mad RINO, Trump, is on another rampage. Anyone with a tranquilizer please put Trump to sleep for his own good.

    On a more serious note, Trump and his ghoulish transition team are ideal specimens for preserving in formaldehyde as examples of what a mean-spirited demonic disposition leads to, and serves as an example of Right Wing amoral and irreligious sentiments.
    Only a supremely callous individual like Trump possesses such a loathsome personae, and he’s already stamping this unique imprimatur on all who are near him, or are seduced by proxy by his depraved mind.

  9. FireBaron says:

    That’s ok. He doesn’t need ambassadors. He knows more about those countries than all the ambassadors ever assigned. Just ask him. He’ll tell you.

  10. latebloomingrandma says:

    I guess he’s keeping his promise of blowing up the government.

    • Thoughtopsy says:

      I guess so.
      Of course.. this will also leave the Country vulnerable in all those posts. Ambassadors work on behalf of the USA in many different ways. And it will take a long time to replace all of them. While those posts are empty the USA is exposed. Not that this would stop him… he doesn’t care about the country other than how it can personally enrich him. Look at who he hires and where his goods are made for obvious proof.

      But look at it from Trump’s side…
      Imagine what people will pay him in money and personal favors to be an ambassador.
      Like any good businessman, he’s just putting his stock of salable Ambassadorships together.

  11. itsfun says:

    Just draining the swamp

    • From your non-stop fawning over Trump it would appear that you’ve been drained of any common sense—just saying whatever those voices in your head murmur to you throughout the day.
      A true toady for Trump to the bitter end. Your services will go unnoticed, and are no longer required by Donald. You’re be replaced by outsourcing to Russia.

    • Bill P says:

      No dimwit he is creating a newer and bigger swamp but you don’t want to see that.

    • Thoughtopsy says:

      That would be funny… if I was actually sure you understood what a metaphor was.
      So far you’ve shown so little ability to understand anything I mostly mentally just hear a puppy barking whenever I read your words.

    • rhetoric_phobic says:

      Now it’s a cesspool.

      • itsfun says:

        Hang in there, it is getting better every day.

        • Bill P says:

          Yeah if you call the Republican controlled Congress trying to change Medicare to a voucher program, reduce SS benefits, repeal the ACA and on and on. The new swamp denizens will be going to their confirmation hearings in the newt few days.

  12. dpaano says:

    This is ridiculous! Is this guy SOOO paranoid that he can’t stand having any of Obama’s people left in government when he takes over? It’s amazing at his ego and the fact that he is so unqualified that he doesn’t see the problems that he is causing this country! If this is the preview of coming attractions, we all are in big trouble!

  13. InGen12 says:

    Any bets on if he will actually replace these ambassadors? He wants to make this country isolationist and this is one way to get it done. Then we have no allies when Russia attempts their takeover.

  14. gravelgert66 says:

    I am anxiously awaiting for the day the Drumph gets fired or impeached before Jan. 20th if possible, to save our Country and save the many accomplishments that our president Obama has fought so hard to get for us and our county.. .

  15. Thoughtopsy says:

    Moron.
    Could he be any less of a sane, empathetic human being? I’m not sure there’s a level lower than he already occupies… although I also was fairly certain that the current level he occupies was beneath the Republican Bush/Cheney “bottom of the barrel”…. and was proven stupendously wrong.

    I can’t wait for his first real political setback that paints him personally in a bad light.
    I expect the resulting narcissistic rage and accompanying tweetstorm to be truly eye-opening.
    …Of course this may also result in a 3am Nuking of whichever country made him look bad… So, while watching the rage will be amusing, I weep for those who are going to die through this sad self-absorbed orange 5 year old’s inability to learn, empathize or control himself.

    I hope the core of his coalition… the angry, white, ignorant bigots and racists… feel their personal responsibility for what is about to happen. They each will bear part of it.

  16. rhetoric_phobic says:

    What a bitter envious hateful buffoon. I’m so looking forward to his political demise in whatever form it might take.

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