Shortly after Donald Trump was sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States, all foreign ambassadors were fired and with no concrete replacement ambassadors lined up. Mr Trump had demanded that every ambassador in countries all over the world, who had been appointed by former President Barack Obama, were told to leave their offices by midday on 20 January and with no grace period. His transition team had said on 23 December there would be “no exceptions” for ambassadors requesting to extend their postings past Inauguration day, in contrast with other Presidents, even for ambassadors with young children. It is common policy, however, that politically appointed ambassadors resign at the start of a new administration. It is less common to have no replacements in line.
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Newsline: All US foreign ambassadors fired with ‘no exceptions’ on Inauguration Day