The US ambassador to Canada announced his resignation, becoming the first to yield to a demand by Donald Trump that politically appointed ambassadors quit by Inauguration Day. “As requested I have resigned as US Ambassador to Canada effective 1/20,” Bruce Heyman wrote on Twitter. Heyman is close to outgoing President Barack Obama. The New York Times reported that the Trump transition team has issued a blanket order requiring politically appointed ambassadors — as opposed to career diplomats holding such posts — to leave their overseas positions by Inauguration Day on January 20. The paper quoted ambassadors familiar with the plan. Political appointees are often close to the president who gave them the job. In the past, they were often allowed to stay in their posts for weeks or months after the president’s term ends, the Times said. Trump’s move breaks with this precedent.
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