Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

For months, national security experts have warned that the large number of unfilled positions at the State Department risked putting the United States in jeopardy in the event of a crisis. Now, with North Korea threatening war and a new US intelligence finding that Pyongyang has succeeded in miniaturizing a nuclear bomb, a crisis has arrived, and President Donald Trump has yet to name a US ambassador to South Korea. ... For South Korea, which has thousands of artillery pieces pointed at it from across the North Korean border, the absence of an ambassador is unnerving, particularly given the appointments of envoys in other Asian capitals.

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“The South Koreans are wondering why Japan, China, Singapore and other Asian countries have an ambassador in place, but they do not,” said Bonnie Glaser, an Asia scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-08-10 12:01 AM | Reply

Probably drowned in the bathtub.

#2 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-08-10 07:08 AM | Reply

The President needs his rest so he's on vacation for a few weeks.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2017-08-10 08:35 AM | Reply

Dems have REALLY been slow-walking his nominees. Nevertheless, Trump has done a terrible job of putting nominees before the Senate. I guess it's too much hard work; tweeting is so much more important.

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-08-10 09:42 AM | Reply

Blame the senate.

#5 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-08-10 11:03 AM | Reply

Can you imagine being called by Trump and asked, "how would you like to go live in Seoul for the next three years?" Probably, many of the prospective candidates would say they have other plans.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2017-08-10 11:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Dems have REALLY been slow-walking his nominees."

Wonder where they learned that tactic?

#7 | Posted by danni at 2017-08-10 11:45 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

#4;

Were you asleep from 2010-2016 or do you really not see the hypocrisy?

#8 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-08-10 12:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#4 | Posted by JeffJ

First to be clear, yes the Democrats did slow the process because of the GOP games on ACA. But unlike the GOP they are voting on things like judges. But I call BS because:

- He has been REALLY slow in nominating anyone. This was just in the news a week ago. This was at the break and I am trying to remember the numbers so I am not going to put EXACT numbers. NPR reported he only had 340 something nominations in and only 40 some were not acted on at the break. Obama for example and contrast had roughly double nominated (just under 600) and significantly more (150ish?) not acted on. The pace of the WH actually making nominations shot up a couple weeks before the break.
- His nominees have mostly had to go through a lengthy vetting process due to their finances.
Politico
- How do you even vet someone who hasn't been nominated to a post like in this case?

#9 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-08-10 01:23 PM | Reply

Pete,

This is mostly on Trump.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-08-10 01:29 PM | Reply

Blame the senate.

#5 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Honestly, how stupid are you? The Senate cannot confirm anyone until Trump nominates someone. And better yet, it's a damn Republican Senate!

#11 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-08-10 02:55 PM | Reply

Blame the senate.

#5 | Posted by Sniper

Did you miss the part where he hasn't nominated an ambassador yet?

#12 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-08-10 07:09 PM | Reply

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