Several MSM sites are screaming about the recall of foreign diplomats by Trump and almost to a word every site is quoting almost exactly the same text as this one:
In Break With Precedent, Obama Envoys Are Denied Extensions Past Inauguration Day
New York Times
By Julie Hirschfeld Davis
Jan. 5, 2017
WASHINGTON — 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.
The mandate — issued “without exceptions,” according to a terse State Department cable sent on Dec. 23, diplomats who saw it said — threatens to leave the United States without Senate-confirmed envoys for months in critical nations like Germany, Canada and Britain. In the past, administrations of both parties have often granted extensions on a case-by-case basis to allow a handful of ambassadors, particularly those with school-age children, to remain in place for weeks or months.
Mr. Trump, by contrast, has taken a hard line against leaving any of President Obama’s political appointees in place as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20 with a mission of dismantling many of his predecessor’s signature foreign and domestic policy achievements. “Political” ambassadors, many of them major donors who are nominated by virtue of close ties with the president, almost always leave at the end of his term; ambassadors who are career diplomats often remain in their posts.
A senior Trump transition official said there was no ill will in the move, describing it as a simple matter of ensuring that Mr. Obama’s overseas appointees leave the government on schedule, just as thousands of political aides at the White House and in federal agencies must do. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about internal deliberations, said the ambassadors should not be surprised about being held to a hard end date.
Hold those horses Nellie…He wasn’t the first to issue this request, don’t listen to libtardic cries.
Obama Freezes SES Hiring and Gives Appointees a Resignation Deadline
By Eric Katz
November 21, 2016
The Obama administration has issued a freeze on hiring new top career officials through the remainder of his presidency, effective Dec. 7, saying the pause will better empower President-elect Donald Trump’s appointees to influence their agencies upon taking office.
The Office of Personnel Management will impose a governmentwide moratorium on Qualifications Review Board cases required to approve the appointments of individuals to SES positions. OPM said the freeze is “intended to preserve the prerogatives of an incoming agency head.”
The announcement follows President Obama’s request that all non-termed political appointees send him their resignations by Dec. 7, the same day the moratorium will go into effect. Outgoing presidents traditionally request all appointees, who serve at the pleasure of the president, submit resignations effective immediately upon the new president’s swearing in to office. That step, as explained in the Partnership for Public Service’s Presidential Transition Guide, helps “to clear the decks for the new administration.”
OPM acting Director Beth Cobert said the resignations will “provide the maximum flexibility” for Trump to assemble his administration.
Cobert said OPM was following precedent in issuing the SES freeze prior to the upcoming change in office. The agency will not accept submissions of any new QRB cases, but will process those submitted prior to the Dec. 7 cutoff. Cobert encouraged agencies to continue evaluating potential SES candidates up until they reach the review board stage and to submit their cases “immediately” upon the announcement of a new agency head being appointed. Each agency can request OPM resumes processing their SES candidates only after a new leader is appointed.
OPM is providing for some exceptions to the freeze; Cobert said agencies must balance the leverage the administration wants to provide to Trump’s team with “the need to ensure the continuity of agency operations during such transitions.” An agency whose director was not required to submit a resignation, such as those with fixed-term appointments, can continue to submit SES candidates for qualification reviews. SES candidates who have completed the development program and who are eligible for non-competitive appointment can also have their cases reviewed throughout the transition process. OPM will also consider, on a case-by-case basis, agency requests to fill SES positions because of a “critical need.”
In addition to agencies with termed leadership, Obama carved out U.S. Marshals, U.S. Attorneys, inspectors general and individuals serving on part-time boards and commissions as appointees who do not need to submit their resignations. The Trump administration could also reject the resignations of some officials to preserve continuity as it fills the more than 4,000 openings throughout government.
Federal agencies should have in September named career employees to serve in acting capacities for “critical non-career positions” that become vacant as Trump takes office, according to the General Services Administration. Those temporary positions will help fill “potential gaps between the exit and onboarding of senior political appointees between administrations,” GSA said.
However, the real question may be better served to ask WHY, but then these guys are so scripted nothing changes. They simply can not seem to think or write their own copy.
It could be as simple as Trump identified from past presidential transitions and from experience in boardrooms that to keep loyalists to outgoing means nothing but headaches at a time when smooth transition and loyalty to the current is critical.
OR as in this case – agencies were already told to prepare all plans needed for orderly transition no matter when required and regardless of who became president. Orders were issued to provide their resignations by December 7 — a month ago…so they already had a month to pack and plan.
There should have been no wailing, shock, or outrage about fast turn time in order to get ready for new ambassadors or others to take their places. Ambassadors typically are aware that new presidents have their own agendas and that they must be ready to change hands when required to do so. In addition, most ambassadors around the world are already on high alert for terrorism so know full well that quick action to leave is a necessary element to plan for.
Given the mechanizations of Obama and his recent backstabbing moves, I would in no way put it past him to issue orders including future contact orders sent in secret which would create tension and chaos somewhere in the world before Trump could replace the ambassadors.
I frankly believe Obama is more than capable of fomenting trouble wherever he goes, including the UN and Middle East areas, now that he will no longer have the faux constraints from his time in office. There is no telling with his continued access to top secret intel after leaving office what he could pass on or plot to do.
If Trump had any suspicion or was aware of some high level intrigue, then I would certainly expect him to move swiftly and with force to remove those who are in areas that might create foreign or domestic crisis which he would then be left to smooth out.