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The Empty State Department

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Just for laughs... because this country gets a lot of them these days.... here's a list of the 45 countries the State Department has yet to name an Ambassador to:

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As the two Koreas paraded under a united banner at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on February 9th, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea was a notable absentee at the event. Victor Cha was expected to become the next U.S. ambassador to South Korea but his appointment was withdrawn in late January due to his views on a possible preventative strike against North Korea's nuclear facilities. Under President George W. Bush, Cha served as deputy head of the U.S. delegation in multilateral talks with North Korea about its nuclear program and he is also a former director for Asian affairs on the White House National Security Council. His concerns about military action put him at odds with the Trump administration, however, and the position of ambassador still remains vacant in Seoul. This story isn't all that unusual given that South Korea is one of 45 countries around the world without a U.S. ambassador, according to the U.S. State Department. 

Given how important an ambassador is in negotiating foreign policy at local level, it does come as quite a surprise that many high-profile countries and key U.S. allies appear on the list of vacancies. In February 2018, Australia, Germany, Turkey and Saudi Arabia all appear among the long list of nations without a U.S. ambassador. The reason for this trend goes all the way back to the day of Donald Trump's inauguration when he fired all ambassadors politically appointed by Barack Obama. They were afforded no grace period and had to pack up and leave their offices by midday on January 20, 2017. Since then, Trump's administration has struggled to fill the empty positions. Even though some progress has been made since last year when China and India had no U.S. ambassadors (meaning half of the world's population didn't have one), the president still has a lot of appointments to make, judging by the map.

“The question is not why hasn’t the Senate moved forward on nominees,” said one senior Senate Democrat staffer. “It is: Why is the administration either incapable of, or choosing not to, send up complete files of their nominees in a timely fashion?”

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MAGA!

However we aren't going to have people globally representing our interest and communicating with world leaders. 

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Trump doesn’t want a forgien policy team.  He just wants to operate as king.  Make decisions based on how it impacts him. 

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13 minutes ago, cookinwithgas said:

How can we not have an ambassador to Australia?

There's quite a few major countries there. fuging Germany, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, South Africa.....there's a lot there that's pretty fuging important.

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4 minutes ago, Floppin said:

There's quite a few major countries there. fuging Germany, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, South Africa.....there's a lot there that's pretty fuging important.

Not to mention South Korea, for obvious reasons; and Venezuela, which is close to civil war.

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2 minutes ago, Anybodyhome said:

Not to mention South Korea, for obvious reasons; and Venezuela, which is close to civil war.

yeah, I mean you could list every country. Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Argentina, etc etc. It's pretty terrible.

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Anyone notice the majority of the countries without an ambassador are those who have been openly critical of Trump and some who have publicly scoffed at his legitimacy and laughed at his behavior? 

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This isn't the biggest issue in the world but it is another data point indicating how nasty this administration is. Trump gave every ambassador appointed by Obama until inauguration day to get out. Doesn't mean the office is empty, it just isn't being led by a formal ambassador.

Tillerson is the one that submits nominees. But he has a problem in that if the nominee disagrees with Trump, he might get preemptively canned. That's what happened to the pick for South Korea who brazenly thought a preemptive strike on NK might be a bad idea.

But some of these don't matter at all. They are just rewards for longtime service people or president buddies. Places like Australia, Ireland, Bahamas, Iceland etc...probably don't do much diplomatting.

 

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That's why I mentioned it, I'd have to think a lot of Trumps buddies would love a temporary assignment as ambassador to Australia. Of course they implemented a strict gun control law that worked as intended a long time ago, so maybe the less Trumpers know about Australia the better.

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1 minute ago, cookinwithgas said:

That's why I mentioned it, I'd have to think a lot of Trumps buddies would love a temporary assignment as ambassador to Australia. Of course they implemented a strict gun control law that worked as intended a long time ago, so maybe the less Trumpers know about Australia the better.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/12/world/australia/harry-harris-us-ambassador.html

 

Just learned trump actually is appointing someone. Some big swinging dick Navy guy.

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Not sure how well a military leader like that adapts to being an ambassador but he appears to be competent at least.

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