The US President Donald Trump shortly after his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States expelled all foreign US Ambassadors without having any plans on replacing them.
Mr. Trump demanded that all US Ambassadors in countries all over the world who had been appointed by former President Barack Obama should leave their offices before midday of January 20, 2017, with no grace period.
Previously, on 23rd December 2016, his transition team in a statement said that there won’t be any exceptions for ambassadors who are pleading to extend their postings past the inauguration day, in contrast to other presidents, including ambassadors with young children.
However, it has been a policy in the US, that politically appointed ambassadors resign at the start of a new administration. But the shock is that it quite unusual not to have replacements for these ambassadors in line.
Over 80 ambassadors for countries, issues, and agencies have been affected in this process and they are all laid off at once.
Having no replacements for the ambassadors means that the United States won’t have a direct link to presidents of countries for months including for countries that have sensitive relations to the United States.
For instance, countries like Germany, UK, and Canada as well as other crucial allies to the United States. Other countries such as China, Japan, and Saudi Arabia will be looking forward to having a replacement.
This process of replacing Ambassadors have always been a lengthy one which was usually carried out by congress. Only a few appointments have been made since President Donald Trump assumed office and few Ambassadors have been appointed.
There are many unfilled positions in Trumps administration which are below cabinet level and he is being criticized for it, especially now that he is creating more vacancies to be filled. The National Security Council and State Department of Defence have mostly remained unfilled.