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White House Struggles to Fill Key Ambassadorships

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Friday, 07 Jul 2017 10:33 AM Current | Bio | Archive

There is no shortage of open ambassador positions at the White house, and the dearth is raising some eyebrows — 67 ambassadorships to world capitals remain unfulfilled.

So far, the White House has yet to send candidates for Senate confirmation to such important allies as Germany, France, Canada, and Mexico. The president’s choice for ambassador to Ireland, longtime Trump friend Brian Burns, announced on June 12 he was withdrawing his name from nomination.

Other key nations to which Trump has yet to name an ambassador include Greece and Italy.

The lack of appointments coming from the White House is not limited to the world of diplomacy. After six months in office, Trump has filled only 5 of 53 top jobs at the Pentagon. Two nominees for secretary of the Army have withdrawn their nominations, and the president is on his second candidate for secretary of the Navy.

As of May, reported White House correspondent Fred Lucas of the Daily Signal, “Trump has made 85 nominations to the Senate at this point in his presidency … In that same period of his first term, President Barack Obama made 212 nominations, President George W. Bush made 161 nominations, President Bill Clinton made 182 nominations, and President George H.W. Bush made 135 nominees by this point.”

The White House told Newsmax that the “historic obstruction” on the part of Senate Democrats and the prolonged “vetting process” for candidates discourages qualified nominees from accepting positions.

“There are over, I believe, 100 candidates in the queue waiting to be pushed through,” deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders told me last week. “But due to the historic obstruction, it’s taking much longer than normal to get a lot of those nominees through. And frankly, a lot of the people that are part of that process — the No. 1 reason we've had people take a step back is because that process is so lengthy.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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