Remember how Donald Trump fired all of our ambassadors the moment he took office? Four and a half months later, he has appointed replacements to 11 of those 187 slots. According to the American Foreign Service Association, the union that represents over 32,000 active and retired Foreign Service employees, Trump has appointed ambassadors to the Bahamas, China, Congo, Ethiopia, the Vatican, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and Samoa, and Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. He has also appointed our United Nations ambassador and one of nine other U.N. positions.
Conspicuously absent from the list are American representatives to our closest allies, like Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Australia. Trump has also failed to appoint ambassadors to nuclear powers Pakistan, India, and Russia… although he and Jared probably have enough channels with their Russian friends to make an ambassador to Moscow unnecessary.
Trump has announced appointments to Russia and the U.K. but has not formally submitted them to the Senate.
Our Führer is fussing that Democrats are holding up his nominations, but the Senate can’t confirm nominations he doesn’t submit. In a Presidency that can be summed up in four words—tweet, tweet, tweet, golf—Donald Trump isn’t doing the real work of the White House.