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New York Times, MSN News: In Break With Past, Obama Ambassadors Are Told to Quit Posts by Inauguration Day
"President-elect Donald J. Trump’s transition staff has issued a blanket edict requiring politically appointed ambassadors to leave their overseas posts by Inauguration Day, according to several American diplomats familiar with the plan, breaking with decades of precedent by declining to provide even the briefest of grace periods."
Trump's rather sudden actions have put several ambassadors with children in the difficult position of having to "get out quickly". "No exceptions" Trump's transition team says. Countries like Germany, France and Canada will potentially be without Senate-confirmed envoys for months.
"Derek Shearer, a professor of diplomacy at Occidental College who is a former United States ambassador to Finland, said it was difficult to see a rationale for the decision. “It feels like there’s an element just of spite and payback in it,” he said. “I don’t see a higher policy motive.”"
Trump is taking a hard line. It seems consistent with his plan to repeal every single executive action that President Obama has made in his presidency; as such he also wants no Obama appointees in any diplomatic posts from Day 1 of his presidency, no matter what hardships are incurred. In my opinion it's kind of like cleansing the government of any smell of the black president. Spite? Racism?
It will be interesting to see Trump's actions with respect to moving into the White House, the living quarters of a black family for the past eight years. For example, will Donald and Melania sleep in the same bed occupied by Obama and Michelle? Will Trump fire much of the White House staff that keeps it running sensing a certain loyalty to the Obama family?
Melania Trump has chosen to stay in New York for the time being. Maybe Donald will stay in his Washington DC hotel while he orders remodeling (fumigation?) of the White House living quarters.