Trump complains Senate isn't confirming ambassadors

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDACA recipient claims Trump is holding ‘immigrant youth hostage’ amid quest for wall Lady Gaga blasts Pence as ‘worst representation of what it means to be Christian’ We have a long history of disrespecting Native Americans and denying their humanity MORE on Monday complained that the Senate isn't confirming ambassadors he has appointed and claimed that Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Trump blasts Pelosi for wanting to leave country during shutdown The Senate should host the State of the Union MORE (D-N.Y.) is to blame.

Trump wrote in a series of tweets that leaders from other countries have called to ask why ambassadors haven't been confirmed and said Schumer "continues to hold them back from serving their Country!"

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"Heads of countries are calling wanting to know why Senator Schumer is not approving their otherwise approved Ambassadors!? Likewise in Government lawyers and others are being delayed at a record pace!" he tweeted.

"360 great and hardworking people are waiting for approval from Senator Schumer, more than a year longer than any other Administration in history. These are people who have been approved by committees and all others, yet Schumer continues to hold them back from serving their Country! Very Unfair!" Trump continued. 

Trump's tweet prompted pushback from Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDems demand answers following explosive new Cohen report Dem senators debate whether to retweet Cardi B video criticizing Trump over shutdown Cardi B expresses solidarity with federal workers not getting paid MORE (D-Conn.), who noted that ambassadors only need a majority to be approved by the Senate. 

Murphy wrote in a tweet that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Senate to take up Trump's border-immigration plan next week Trump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback MORE (R-Ky.), rather than Schumer, "is the issue." Murphy also criticized Trump for leaving "the most important slots vacant" for the majority of his first two years, including the ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

Trump last month nominated retired Gen. John Abizaid to serve as ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The position had previously been unfilled since Trump assumed office. 

"This is a lie. Because: a. The problem isn’t a long list of unapproved ambassadors. It’s that Trump left the most important slots vacant for virtually his entire first 2 years (eg Saudi Arabia) b. Ambassadors need only 50 votes. Mitch, not Chuck, is the issue," Murphy tweeted.

"Re Trump’s rant on non-existent 'unapproved' Ambassadors: For 2 years, Trump refused to appoint an Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Both the King and [Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman] refuse to meet w anyone below an Ambassdor. So during entire Yemen & Khashoggi crisis, our embassy was virtually powerless," he added.