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Report: Trump Orders Obama Ambassadors To Leave Posts By Inauguration

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By Jessie Hellmann | 5 January 2016

THE HILL — Donald Trump‘s team is demanding politically appointed ambassadors leave their overseas posts by Inauguration Day, The New York Times reports.

The mandate could leave the U.S. without Senate-confirmed representatives for months in key countries like Germany and Britain, the Times notes.

The order breaks with precedent. In the past, administrations have granted extensions on a case-by-case basis.

A senior Trump transition official told the Times there was no “ill will” in the order and that it is meant to make sure President Obama’s appointees leave the government on schedule.

According to the Times, many ambassadors are considering appealing the decision with Rex Tillerson, Trump’s nominee for secretary of state. […]

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