President-elect Donald Trump has asked all politically-appointed ambassadors to leave their overseas posts by January 20, the day of his inauguration.
The order has been issued without exceptions and is a break from tradition and practice.
In the past, both Republican and Democratic administrations have given extensions to allow some ambassadors to remain in their places of assignment for weeks or even months.
We all know that it was just last December that Obama-appointee Sung Kim assumed the position of U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, replacing Philip Goldberg.
If asked to leave his Manila post, the new ambassador will be among those with the shortest tenure ever — just 50 days!
The shortest term served by an American ambassador was approximately 16 days. In 1976, Ambassador Francis E. Meloy Jr. was assassinated en route to presenting his credentials to the President of Lebanon.
Talk about the alleged U.S. plot to de-stabilize the Duterte administration. Trump’s order might de-stabilize U.S. foreign policy and presence in many countries, not just the Philippines.