President-elect Donald Trump has fired,effective Inauguration Day January 20, every U.S. ambassador politically appointed by President Barack Obama, according to a report published Thursday night by the New York Times.
Trump has taken a strict stance against leaving any of Obama’s political appointees in place as he prepares to take office January 20, aiming to break up many of his predecessor’s signature foreign and domestic policy achievements, the newspaper said.
George Krol to continue serving as U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan after Trump’s inauguration.
NYT reported citing several U.S. diplomats that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has issued a blanket mandate requiring politically-appointed ambassadors appointed by President Barack Obama to leave their overseas posts by Inauguration Day.
“That order only affects non career political appointees, not career ambassadors. This is a standard policy when there is a change of Administrations in the United States,” Krol said.
Politically-appointed ambassadors are not members of the Сareer Foreign Service of the United States. Political appointees represent approximately one-third of all U.S. ambassadors worldwide, the statement said.
The remaining two-thirds of ambassadors are members of the Career Foreign Service of the United States.
“Ambassador Krol, as a career ambassador, will continue serving as U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan now and after January 20,” the U.S. Embassy in Astana said in a statement.
“The United States remains committed to promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and globally. In 2017, we look forward to deepening our long-standing partnership with Kazakhstan and continuing to broaden our many spheres of engagement,” the statement said.