Trump complains Senate isn't confirming ambassadors

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE on Monday complained that the Senate isn't confirming ambassadors he has appointed and claimed that Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTop Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US 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 MurphyThe Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Health care moves to center stage of Democratic primary fight | Sanders, Biden trade sharps jabs on Medicare for All | Senate to vote on 9/11 bill next week | Buttigieg pushes for cheaper insulin Health care moves to center stage in Democratic primary fight 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 McConnellMcConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch Funding a strong defense of our nation's democratic process can't wait The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants 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.