Biden Under Fire – Backs Out of Promise?

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – For years, it was an assumed reality that a well-connected person who could assist a presidential hopeful get elected would possibly as a reward become the ambassador somewhere nice or would be given an admin position. However, this is a tradition that President Biden, during his own presidential campaign, had promised to bring to an end.

Biden has been in office for two years and yet according to a report newly released by (CLC) Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan watchdog, Biden hasn’t just continued the practice but has even shown his appreciation to big donors with ambassadorships. In fact, almost all of the United States’ chief foreign policy representatives abroad are some of the top donors and supporters of Democratic causes in the past decade.

This is completely against what Biden had stated while campaigning in 2019 in Iowa where he had said that the tradition of using campaign funding for influence would end with his administration and that it would no longer play a role in who got positions abroad. At the time Biden had stated that he would be appointing the best possible people for each position and that the decision would not be based on what they have contributed.

He proceeded to state that there were people who were completely qualified to be NATO’s ambassador or France’s but might not have paid anything. As such contributions should not affect his decision on who should be appointed.

Presidents from both political parties have used this practice in the past with former President Obama appointing thirty-one major donors from his re-election campaign to serve as ambassadors, while former president Donald Trump had 44 percent of his ambassadors be considered “political” appointees.

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