Donald Trump’s transition team is demanding all appointed ambassadors leave their overseas posts by Inauguration Day, the New York Times is reporting.
The mandate could leave the U.S. without Senate-confirmed representatives for months in countries like Germany and Britain.
The order breaks with precedent. In the past, administrations have granted extensions on a case-by-case basis.
Many ambassadors, many of whom have families, are now left struggling to find places to live in the U.S. or their respective countries with such short notice.
According to the Times, many ambassadors are considering appealing the decision with Rex Tillerson, Trump’s nominee for secretary of state.