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Diplomats: It’s Common Practice for Politically Appointed Ambassadors to Resign

The White House has directed all U.S. ambassadors who are political appointees to resign their posts as of Inauguration Day, January 20. “That is common, typical practice,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said Friday, and he confirmed that ambassadors who are career members of the U.S. Foreign Service — about 70 percent of the top American envoys abroad — were not asked to offer their resignations. “The politically appointed ambassadors are being pulled back because they are the...

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