Despite turning the spotlight on the 2012 Benghazi attacks during his presidential campaign, Donald Trump hasn't nominated a candidate to oversee diplomatic security overseas, Politico reports.
And it is just one of many unfilled jobs in the State Department.
"The State Department has security professionals who are up to the job, but we do need all hand on deck given the many evolving threats we face," said Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "I hope a nominee for assistant secretary will be put forward soon."
And Rep. Eliot Engle, D-N.Y., noted: "Unfortunately, "I think it's indicative of the low priority that Trump and the administration are placing on diplomacy or anything to do with the State Department."
And, he said, it proves the Republican focus on Benghazi was "a bunch of political cheap talk."
Gregory Starr, Obama's assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, left when Trump became president. Since then, his office has been managed on an acting basis by Bill Miller, who has been part of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service since 1987, Politico noted.
Excluding ambassadorships, Trump has made just two nominations for senior management posts at the State Department, Politico reported. About three dozen top posts remain unfilled.
Appointments take time, one official told The Washington Times.
Meanwhile, midlevel career diplomats are working as acting managers for many of the department's bureaus throughout the world, according to the Times. Officials stressed the lack of key appointments in the State Department is a result of growing pains by the Trump administration.
But the White House insisted it is working to fill many of the key posts.
"We are working closely with Secretary [Rex] Tillerson to finalize additional State Department appointments, which are being filled in order of seniority," a White House spokesman said. "That process is ongoing and subjects candidates to rigorous and lengthy vetting procedures."
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