Still no U.S. am­bas­sadors in Saudi Ara­bia, Turkey

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION+WORLD -

The dis­ap­pear­ance of jour­nal­ist and U.S. res­i­dent Ja­mal Khashoggi af­ter vis­it­ing a Saudi con­sulate in Turkey has thrown the large num­ber of diplo­matic va­can­cies un­der Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump into the spot­light — no­tably in Turkey and Saudi Ara­bia. It’s a gap the ad­min­is­tra­tion says it has been try­ing to fix but with limited suc­cess.

Khashoggi’s case and the fact that there are no Amer­i­can am­bas­sadors in ei­ther Ankara or Riyadh have prompted con­cerns about dozens of un­filled se­nior State De­part­ment po­si­tions al­most two years into Trump’s pres­i­dency.

And, those con­cerns have sparked an in­creas­ingly bit­ter bat­tle with Congress over who is to blame.

Aside from Saudi Ara­bia and Turkey, Trump has yet to nom­i­nate can­di­dates for am­bas­sado­rial posts in 20 na­tions, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, Egypt, Ire­land, Mex­ico, Pak­istan, South Africa, Sin­ga­pore and Swe­den.

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