Dem senator fires back at Trump by listing ambassadors that haven't been nominated

Dem senator fires back at Trump by listing ambassadors that haven't been nominated

Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezDems urge tech companies to remove 3D-gun blueprints Dem senators introduce resolution calling on Trump to stop attacking the press Booming economy has Trump taking a well-deserved victory lap MORE (D-N.J.) on Sunday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpBrennan fires new shot at Trump: ‘He’s drunk on power’ Trump aides discussed using security clearance revocations to distract from negative stories: report Trump tried to dissuade Melania from 'Be Best' anti-bullying campaign: report MORE for accusing Democrats of obstruction, noting a slew of ambassadorial positions for which nominees haven't been put forth.

“This Administration has routinely denigrated the responsibilities of our diplomatic and development corps and deemed them low priorities for American foreign policy. Rather than blaming others, the president should examine his record,” Menendez said in a statement.

The ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Twitter listed a series of vacant ambassador posts in the Middle East and Africa, including Turkey, Egypt and Somalia.

Menendez tweeted that Trump is “the problem,” a criticism that comes after the president on Sunday said Democrats are obstructing the confirmation process.

“The Democrats continue to Obstruct the confirmation of hundreds of good and talented people who are needed to run our government...A record in U.S. history,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

“State Department, Ambassadors and many others are being slow walked. Senate must approve NOW!”

According to the American Foreign Service Association, there are 44 vacant ambassador positions open in the State Department. That number includes six countries for which the United States does not exchange a top diplomat.

Menendez on Sunday also criticized the management of the State Department, which is helmed by Secretary Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonDems want GOP chairman to subpoena State Department over cyber docs Overnight Energy: Trump elephant trophy tweets blindsided staff | Execs of chemical plant that exploded during hurricane indicted | Interior to reverse pesticide ban at wildlife refuges Administration should use its leverage to get Egypt to improve its human rights record MORE.

“President Trump must understand American leadership can only occur if American leaders are present on the international stage,” Menendez said in his statement.

“Prioritizing diplomatic nominations only when there are sudden crises is not a strategy and not in the national security interest of the United States.”