Category: News, Speaking of Diplomacy

Title: Polo ponies and private planes: Trump impeachment fight deepens a rift among ambassadors

Date Published: October 16, 2019

Some have private planes. Others brag about their polo ponies. Then there are the ones with a direct line to the White House and a willingness to operate outside their mandates — with enough money on hand to cover the legal fees from a congressional investigation.

President Donald Trump’s politically appointed ambassadors have long drawn skepticism, even resentment, from career U.S. diplomats. Now, as an impeachment inquiry exposes some of their more questionable activities and threatens the career of a traditional envoy, the anger toward them is rising.