President Donald Trump delivers a speech at the Israel Museum, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Here's another part of the government that Donald Trump isn't staffing properly

Trump hasn't replaced a single U.S. attorney — and only 11 ambassador appointments have been named


Charlie May
June 7, 2017 2:20PM (UTC)

President Donald Trump has yet to replace a single one of the nation's 93 U.S. attorney's but refuses to take personal responsibility so he instead blasted the Democratic Party on Twitter recently and accused them of obstructing his picks for ambassador as well — but he should be blaming himself for that, too.

The New York Times published an editorial on Tuesday that criticized the president for his own incompetence because even though he fired half of the country's attorneys following the resignations of the other half, Trump has not made a move to fill any vacancies.

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"It’s bizarre — and revealing — that a man who called himself the “law and order candidate” during the 2016 campaign and spoke of “lawless chaos” in his address to Congress would permit such a leadership vacuum at federal prosecutors’ offices around the country. United States attorneys are responsible for prosecuting terrorism offenses, serious financial fraud, public corruption, crimes related to gang activity, drug trafficking and all other federal crimes," the Editorial Board wrote.

But Trump uses Twitter — which reaches at least his nearly 32 million followers across the globe — to explain or justify his decisions, even if they don't make any sense.

But even if the Democrats hadn't blocked his appointments, it wouldn't matter much; he has only appointed 11. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer D-N.Y., blasted Trump for failing to take any responsibility for the lack of posting.

"If the president is looking for someone to blame on the slow pace of confirmations, he needs only to look in the mirror. There are more than 500 Senate confirmable positions. Even though it is now June, the administration has failed to select a nominee for 442 of them," Schumer said in a statement on Monday.

Trump could have also taken some of the pressure off of him if he replaced U.S. attorneys, but he hasn't and it's unusual for an administration to do so, according to the Times.

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"While his hiring freeze, which is leaving many lower federal jobs unfilled, is part of a broader strategy to hobble or suffocate entire federal agencies, this seems less deliberate and harder to understand. The prosecutors certainly won’t be coming on board anytime soon. Even in a fully functioning administration, it takes months for nominees to be screened by the F.B.I. and approved by the Senate," the Editorial Board wrote.


Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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