Donald Trump has not even taken office yet, and he has already demonstrated he is going to move swifter than his predecessor.
Trump issued a mandate “without exceptions” that all politically appointed ambassadors must leave their posts by Inauguration Day, breaking with decades of tradition where the incoming president gives foreign ambassadors a brief grace period depending on their situation. This move is the first step in dismantling many of the foreign policy procedures of Barack Obama, via the New York Times.
Of course, the liberals are not taking this well, worrying about how this will affect ambassadors’ lives.
The New York Times provided some sob stories, such as in the case of Ambassador Andrew H. Schapiro, who is seeking housing in Prague as well as pressuring his children’s school in Chicago to change their policy and take his children back mid-year. Then, there’s Ambassador Denise Bauer, who is hoping her daughter will be able to graduate high school in Belgium with the rest of her class.
“When you have people out there whose only reason for being an ambassador is their political connection to the outgoing president of a different party, it’s pretty logical to say they should leave,” said Ronald E. Neumann, who is currently the president of the American Academy of Diplomacy.
“But I don’t recollect there was ever a guillotine in January where it was just, ‘Everybody out of the pool immediately.’”
While a part of me can certainly understand Mr. Neumann’s logic, another part realizes that Donald Trump believes this situation has become extremely dire.
He realizes that Obama has left his mark on the world after eight years in office and is currently messing up relations with our allies, like Israel, and our potential allies, like Russia.
If our incoming president is going to keep his word and truly “Make America Great Again,” he is going to have to make some hard decisions. He is going to have to uproot some people, and those liberal snowflakes are just going to have to get over it. When you work for our country, you have to move around whether you’re a politician, a military service member, or an ambassador.
Besides, why should President-elect Trump leave these Obama appointees in place? Who knows what kind of ridiculous instructions our sitting president has given to them? Liberals need to realize that these ambassadors have been so badly tainted by Obama’s ideology that only “major surgery” is going to fix our standing in the world.
Furthermore, this move by Trump is actually a good sign. It means that for the first time in perhaps three decades, we have a president who intends to keep his promises.
Donald Trump is going to do whatever it takes to rid our country of Obama’s mess, and he doesn’t care how many toes he has to step on to accomplish it. Good for him.