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A Democratic senator urged fellow lawmakers to stop blocking votes on Trump administration ambassadorial nominees, arguing that the absence of ambassadors in key countries is hurting American diplomacy.
Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, specifically called for a confirmation vote on Richard Grenell, the Trump administration’s nominee for ambassador to Germany, who has been in limbo since being nominated last fall. Mr. Grenell served as communications director for the U.S. mission to the United Nations under President George W. Bush.
“I’ll be glad to press for Grenell to get a vote, because we shouldn’t have a country as significant as Germany, we shouldn’t have any country without an ambassador, but that’s a major European power,” Mr. Coons told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.
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But Mr. Coons said the issue is broader than a single country. “I think we have a significant problem in that we have more than 25 critical nations—South Korea, for example, South Africa, Germany, obviously—where we do not have an ambassador,” he said.