by Gina Cassini | Top Right News
The purge has begun. And not a moment too soon.
President-elect Donald Trump has fired — effective Inauguration Day January 20 — every single U.S. ambassador politically appointed by President Barack Obama, according to a report published by the NY Times. The State Department sent out a notice on December 23 informing the ambassadors of Trump’s order.
The move sent shock waves through the diplomatic corps as some ambassadors in previous transitions had been given weeks and months — sometimes even a year or more — to leave their post for personal convenience.
Trump apparently doesn’t care what was previously done. He wants to drain the swamp, both in D.C., and around the world and fill the posts with people he can trust.
Nearly all such “officials” are merely rich Democrats who gave hefty sums to Obama’s two campaigns.
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. “Political” ambassadors, many of them major donors who are nominated by virtue of close ties with the president, almost always leave at the end of his term; ambassadors who are career diplomats often remain in their posts.
A senior Trump transition official said there was no ill will in the move, describing it as a simple matter of ensuring that Mr. Obama’s overseas appointees leave the government on schedule, just as thousands of political aides at the White House and in federal agencies must do. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about internal deliberations, said the ambassadors should not be surprised about being held to a hard end date.”
Like a boss.