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Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Trump administration hasn't bothered to fill a wide variety of key posts that are suddenly quite relevant. In other words, this isn't a series of vacancies the president can credibly blame on "Democratic obstructionism." No one has been confirmed to these positions because Trump hasn't yet sent a nominee for these posts to the Senate for consideration. There is, for example, currently no U.S. ambassador to South Korea. What happens when an administration, facing a burgeoning crisis, has an all-hands-on-deck moment and the president finds himself short on hands? The Washington Post maintains a helpful list tracking key Trump administration posts and their status, and perusing the database this morning, I found all kinds of relevant State Department offices awaiting a presidential nominee. Here are some of the more notable vacancies:

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* Undersecretary for arms control and international security affairs

* Assistant secretary for intelligence and research

* Assistant secretary for arms control, verification, and compliance

* Assistant secretary for international security and nonproliferation affairs

* Assistant secretary for political-military affairs

* Assistant secretary for conflict and stabilization operations

* Assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs

* Special envoy for North Korea human rights issues

* Special representative of the president for nuclear non-proliferation

For each of these posts -- and this is just a partial list of positions in the State Department -- the Trump White House hasn't even nominated anyone.

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We've had this discussion before and it's simply the disconnect that many "big government" conservative critics fail to understand why indeed it matters that competent professional staffing and support be in place within the federal government bureaucracy. The insipid rhetoric that leaving numerous offices without staff doesn't inhibit the smooth functioning of government's role is akin to saying that burned out stoplight bulbs don't need to be replaced because drivers will adjust by simply self-creating 4-way stops.

It's bad enough we have the least capable POTUS probably ever, and his hand-picked Cabinet has very little experience in government whatsoever, and he refuses to fill needed slots within our vast national security/State Department apparatus and now that a real potential earth-changing crisis may be upon us, he has no one of experience to turn to with relevant contacts and expertise in the very areas fastly becoming flashpoints.

If we make it through this I certainly hope the adults will have a conversation moving forward and again appreciate the work of the unnamed and unsung bureaucrats who have vital roles to play even when ignorant small government shills use their titles and positions as punchlines in their race to turn back the clock that continues to race forward.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-08-09 11:44 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Well there is only so much time in the day. Once he spends hours twittlering, reading screen captures of news chyrons, eating KFC (and the resulting -----), watching Faux Nooze and golfing there is just no time left.

Maybe if he wanted to actually be the President rather than golfing every weekend he could get things done.

Instead we got a hamfisted tin pot that is not interested in governing.

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2017-08-09 11:52 AM | Reply

He is the least qualified POTUS in history. We will be very lucky to escape these four years intact.

#3 | Posted by 726 at 2017-08-09 11:54 AM | Reply

I'm sorry, but I've seen the people el Presidente mini mitts has appointed. Most of the FILLED posts leave us unprepared for a crisis.

#4 | Posted by RevDarko at 2017-08-10 11:47 AM | Reply

The country is going along just fine with these being unfilled. Seems like good savings of a $150K+ govt slush job a democrat cant give out to their cronies friends..

Bigger govt isn't always better. We could probably fire 40% of the jobs in the federal govt and get along just fine..and I include my job in that..

#5 | Posted by boaz at 2017-08-10 12:01 PM | Reply

"The country is going along just fine with these being unfilled."

No it isn't.

We couldn't even get hotel reservations for the G-20 without screwing it up. It makes the world laugh at us, something you were against when the CiC had a (D) after his name.

#6 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-08-10 12:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Obama's fault.

#7 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-08-10 12:15 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#5 | POSTED BY BOAZ AT 2017-08-10 12:01 PM | REPLY

You're right. The people in the electoral college, who actually matter, decided to shut it all down. So shut it down. Sell off the assets and distribute them to the highest taxpayers.

#8 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-08-10 12:37 PM | Reply

We couldn't even get hotel reservations for the G-20 without screwing it up. It makes the world laugh at us, something you were against when the CiC had a (D) after his name.

#6 | POSTED BY DANFORTH AT 2017-08-10 12:03 PM | FLAG:

My favorite was when he couldn't book a Springsteen cover band for his own inauguration party, even though he was handed a few hundred millions from wealthy donors to get it done. Was it $500 million?

#9 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-08-10 12:41 PM | Reply

We don't even have an ambassador to South Korea!

#10 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-08-10 01:08 PM | Reply

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"The country is going along just fine with these being unfilled."

Reminds me of this crazy wonky elevator at a chalet in Merleschachen, Switzerland when I was a teenager. The cable broke or malfunctioned and the three people inside were sent down 20+ feet in less than a second and were hospitalized with various head and back injuries. I overheard the maintenance guy in the lobby say, "Well, apparently this elevator hasn't been fully inspected in four years!" to which the desk clerk replied, "But it didn't break before today!"

#11 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2017-08-10 01:47 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Like I said before......................... The senate has been sitting on their hands for the last 6 months.

#12 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-08-10 02:03 PM | Reply

Like I said before......................... The senate has been sitting on their hands for the last 6 months.

#12 | POSTED BY SNIPER

The Senate is slow-walking at a rate that is worse than what was done to Obama.

Having said that, Trump has done a terrible job of putting nominees before the Senate. This is mostly on Trump.

#13 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-08-10 02:14 PM | Reply

The Senate is slow-walking at a rate that is worse than what was done to Obama.

And who is running the Senate? Besides, the positions being discussed in the article are ones for which a nominee hasn't even been named.

#14 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-08-10 09:49 PM | Reply

#14

Which is why I said this is mostly on Trump.

#15 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-08-10 10:11 PM | Reply

Trump's unwillingness to appoint all of these persons to important offices is really just an expression of his importance, that he doesn't need all of these "assistants." It is also known as "megolomania." No that's not Melania, it's "megolomania." He's been in office for six months and we are closer to nuclear war than we have been since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Trump is a dangerous cannon, he needs to be removed from office, as have quite a few Republicans agreed.
The real question is, do we remove him from office before or after his thermonuclear war? I vote for before.

#16 | Posted by danni at 2017-08-10 10:35 PM | Reply

#15 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

I hate to do this to you, as you seem to be an intelligent poster (with whom I might disagree), but you've said "mostly on Trump" a couple of times now.

The seminal point of the article and the board is that Trump isn't nominating individuals to fill vacant posts.

So, I'm going to ask you a very specific question:

In terms of percentage (e.g. 100/0, 90/10, 80/20, 70/30, 60/40, 50/50...), what percentage of fault can be assigned to Trump for a failure to NOMINATE someone? To be crystal clear, we are discussing neither the hearings nor the jurisdiction, this question pertains, specifically and uniquely, to the nomination.

#17 | Posted by worldasifindit at 2017-08-11 12:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

100%

#18 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-08-11 08:26 AM | Reply

Happens all the time in corporate America. I'm not surprised Trump is following the same model. Doesn't mean the responsibility isn't being done by someone else. How many corporations have you seen fail because a position isn't filled? Exactly.

#19 | Posted by humtake at 2017-08-11 12:08 PM | Reply


#19 | Posted by humtake at

How many things has Donald run into the ground already?

#20 | Posted by Zed at 2017-08-11 12:37 PM | Reply

#19 | Posted by humtake

Still doesn't understand that there is a difference between a corporation and a country.

#21 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-08-11 01:03 PM | Reply

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