How do you get an ambassadorial appointment in the Obama hierarchy?
Simple: You give liberally of your time and, especially, your money!
As we learned in the second term of Barack Obama, over two dozen of his granted ambassadorships were responsible for $13.6M in campaign donations. And just how many ambassadors were appointed by Obama? Try 466! That’s more than both George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter combined!
Trump has sent out a red alert to all such ambassadors around the world. The bottom line is that no matter what, those ambassadors will need to start job hunting because as of January 20, they’re officially unemployed.
Via Conservative Tribune (CT):
“President-elect Donald Trump is making it clear to President Barack Obama’s political cronies: on Inauguration Day, you won’t be working for me.
Trump is serious about draining the swamp. Within a week after the Nov. 8 election, Obama’s many overseas political appointees received notice from the transition team that their terminations would be effective Jan. 20.
On Dec. 23, the new boss underscored that with a State Department memo. No exceptions, no extensions, no grace period, according to The Washington Examiner.”
How sweet does that sound? Especially when you consider that the average annual salary of one of these ambassadors is a modest $145K! Yes, that’s correct. They are paid nearly as much as a member of Congress. And just who is paying for that? Right again…we the people.
“’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,’” Ronald Neumann, president of the American Academy of Diplomacy, told The New York Times.
There is some concern that the abrupt change could rattle the nerves of foreign governments who already have the jitters about the new administration.”
Rattling “the nerves of foreign governments who already have the jitters” is only possible IF those governments are hostile to this country. Abrupt changes in foreign diplomats is a normal occurrence with any new administration. It’s highly doubtful that the UK, Australia, Canada or Israel would be “rattled” by these changes.
Iran, on the other hand…
Source: Conservative Tribune (CT)