Trump complains Senate isn't confirming ambassadors

President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE on Monday complained that the Senate isn't confirming ambassadors he has appointed and claimed that Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck Schumer84 mayors call for immigration to be included in reconciliation Senate infrastructure talks on shaky grounds Could Andrew Cuomo — despite scandals — be re-elected because of Trump? 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 MurphyDemocrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week 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 McConnellHouse to resume mask mandate after new CDC guidance Five takeaways from a bracing day of Jan. 6 testimony McCarthy, McConnell say they didn't watch Jan. 6 hearing 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.