January 7, 2017
This Is How The Media Handles The New President...Get Used To It
Ok, so here is the headline from the DailyKos, which is a ultra liberal rag.
Please read their article. Now, you'd think that the memo sent to the Ambassadors would have sounded something like this;
"All Ambassadors, fuck you, haul your ass back to the motherland. Yank your kids out of school, stop all cancer treatments, unplug your CPAP machines, get dressed and get home."
Now, read the Voice Of America story following....a different take isnt it? You will see NO country will be left without Ambassadorship coverage, and the term Politically Appointed springs up. There are Political Appointees and Career Service are two separate jobs.
Here it is...I guess that we will have to get used to digging for the truth.
The Word for the day fellow Deplorables is:
in a state of mind that prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction; seriously mentally ill.
"certifying patients as clinically insane"
synonyms: mentally ill, mentally disordered, of unsound mind, certifiable;
What A JackHole: Trump Orders Ambassadors To Yank Their Kids Out of School and Come Home ASAP
ambassadors around the world that they must return home by Inauguration Day, full stop, end of story, consequences be damned.
And the consequences are plenty. For starters, it means that America won’t have diplomats in place in many countries by the time Trump is sworn in. That's a situation that would endure for months, since the Senate has to actually confirm each new ambassador, one by one. It's also liable to frighten our allies and embolden our not-so-allies, though if anything, that’s probably to Trump's liking.
But it’s for exactly these reasons that past presidents have always made exceptions, even for political appointees from the other party, to ensure continuity in our diplomatic relations, and also just not to be raging dicks to people who’ve gone overseas to serve our country. Lots of them, for instance, have families and young children abroad with them—children who are in the middle of their school year.
Without visas, these people can’t remain in their host countries and are scrambling to either find a way to stay, or to uproot their kids and place them in new schools back home.
It’s fucking obnoxious, is what it is:
In Costa Rica, Ambassador Stafford Fitzgerald Haney is hunting for a house or an apartment as his family—which includes four school-age children and his wife, who has been battling breast cancer—struggles to figure out how to avoid a move back to the United States with five months left in the school year, according to the diplomats.
Some anonymous Trump apparatchik claimed “there was no ill will in the move,” so of course that means there was. And you can be doubly sure, because you know who didn’t have to uproot her child in the middle of his school year when her husband suddenly had to leave town? Oh right!
At a White House farewell reception that Mr. Obama held on Wednesday night for noncareer ambassadors, many of them commiserated, attendees said, comparing notes about how to handle the situation.
Some expressed dismay that Mr. Trump, whose wife, Melania, has chosen to stay in New York to avoid moving the couple’s 10-year-old son, Barron, to a new school midyear, would not ensure that such allowances were made for American ambassadors.
Yeah, her. But none of Obama’s ambassadors. Who needs ambassadors, right? Not Donald Trump. He has a very good brain, uses the best words, and knows more than the generals, so he definitely knows more than our ambassadors do—I mean, he's obviously terrific at diplomacy.
This is yet another reason why Senate Democrats need to grill the living daylights out of Rex Tillerson, the oilman who’s Trump’s nominee for secretary of state and would be in charge of our diplomatic corps. Does Tillerson think it’s a good idea to leave our embassies leaderless for an indefinite length of time, and to send a message to future diplomats that you’ll be treated like shit once your term is over? And if not, what does he plan to do about it?
If he doesn’t have good answers—and he won't—Chuck Schumer & Co. need to do everything in their power to thwart Tillerson’s nomination. We’ll be watching.
From The Voice Of America
STATE DEPARTMENT —
“That is common, typical practice,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said Friday, and he confirmed that ambassadors who are career members of the U.S. Foreign Service — about 70 percent of the top American envoys abroad — were not asked to offer their resignations.
“The politically appointed ambassadors are being pulled back because they are the representatives of the outgoing administration” of President Barack Obama, according to the president of the American Academy of Diplomacy, Ronald Neumann.
“When you are a political appointee for this or any other administration, you have no expectation of staying beyond the inauguration of the new administration,” Kirby said.
Trump ordered all out by Inauguration Day
In the background of this week’s developments, however, is the disclosure that President-elect Donald Trump’s transition staff issued a blanket order earlier, distributed as a diplomatic cable by the State Department, ordering all political appointees to leave their overseas posts by Inauguration Day.
The New York Times said the order appeared to break with decades of precedent by indicating that affected ambassadors would not get even the briefest extension of their appointments, for reasons such as completing a child’s school term or dealing with family health issues.
A senior member of Trump’s transition team told the Times there was no ill will in the move, describing it as a simple matter of ensuring that Obama’s overseas envoys leave the government on schedule, just as thousands of political aides at the White House and in federal agencies must do.
“The only thing that is different is that they are not letting any of them have extensions,” Neumann told VOA. “That is a little unusual.”
Very few noncareer ambassadors seek such extensions, and usually only on a short-term basis, Neumann added. The American Academy of Diplomacy that he heads is made up of former career and noncareer U.S. government officials who have served in international affairs.
Requests of extensions handled case by case
David Eagles, director of the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition, agreed it is customary that all noncareer ambassadors submit their resignations when administrations change in Washington.
“Historically there have been exceptions,” he told VOA by email, “which have been dealt with on a case-by-case basis due to professional or personal reasons.”
A former U.S. ambassador to Romania, Jim Rosapepe, was appointed during the Clinton administration and resigned when the administration changed.
“A number of my colleagues — particularly in Europe, those who had children in schools — asked to be extended till the end of the school year. And the Bush administration had them stay until May or June, something like that,” he told VOA.
Veteran diplomats emphasized that the United States will not be left without envoys in charge of critical posts as the government changes hands later this month.
“All U.S. embassies will also typically have a No. 2 diplomat, known as the deputy chief of mission, who will take over as charge d’affaires — in essence, an ‘acting ambassador’ — in the absence of a Senate-confirmed replacement. Diplomacy continues and the work of our U.S. embassies goes on,” a former U.S. ambassador to the Asian Development Bank, Curtis S. Chin, told VOA Friday.
Chin served under presidents from both major U.S. political parties, Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Barack Obama. He is the inaugural Asia Fellow at the Milken Institute.
Rosapepe agreed that if a crisis erupts abroad, he is confident that “experienced and able” career diplomats are on hand to handle any situation.
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