- President Donald Trump has appointed ambassadors to 61 countries since assuming office.
- But 32 other nations are still without an American ambassador.
- See which countries below.
President Donald Trump has not yet nominated an ambassador to 26 countries, including some of America’s most crucial geopolitical allies such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and South Korea, according to the American Foreign Service Association.
Six additional countries – Syria, Venezuela, Sudan, Eritrea, Belarus, and Bolivia – are without an American ambassador, but that’s because the US does not exchange ambassadors with those countries due to political tensions with the host governments.
Shortly before assuming office last year, Trump broke with tradition by ordering all of former President Barack Obama’s political appointees to leave their ambassadorships immediately after the inauguration.
Typically, incoming presidents have allowed a grace period for politically appointed ambassadors to leave the country so that they have time to transition their children out of schools and prepare for life back in the US.
Of the 188 ambassadorial positions around the world, 169 are designated to foreign countries and 19 serve to represent the US in various international organisations. Of the 19 positions at international organisations, 10 are currently vacant, including a position at the European Union and posts within the United Nations.
As of February 21, Trump had appointed ambassadors to 61 countries, 17 of which Congress had yet to confirm. He’ll also have to nominate a new ambassador to Mexico, since Roberta Jacobson announced her resignation on Thursday.
Here are all the countries currently without a US ambassador:
*Denotes countries with which the US does not currently exchange an ambassador due to political tensions with the host governments.
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Trinidad & Tobago
In addition to these countries, the following ambassador posts to organisations are currently vacant:
- European Union
- UN / Geneva
- UN / Human Rights Council
- UN / Management & Reform
- UN / Political Affairs
- UN / Rome
- UNESCO (The US will withdraw on December 31)
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