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Politics Warren doubles down on pledge to not to give diplomatic posts to donors

05:10  21 november  2019
05:10  21 november  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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Warren announced her pledge to not give ambassador posts to wealthy donors in June when she unveiled a plan to improve the State Department. She said Wednesday she hopes other 2020 Democratic candidates will join her in the pledge after Sondland’s testimony.

Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Friday unveiled her plan to improve the State Department, which included a pledge not to give ambassador posts to wealthy donors . Warren also said she would double the size of the foreign service and expand its reach to "underserved areas to broaden U.S

Sen. Elizabeth Warren doubled down on her pledge to not give diplomatic posts to big donors during Wednesday night's debate.

Elizabeth Warren posing for the camera: Warren doubles down on pledge to not to give diplomatic posts to donors© Getty Images Warren doubles down on pledge to not to give diplomatic posts to donors

"I've taken a pledge, anyone who gives a big donation don't ask to be an ambassador. I ask everyone running for president to join me in that, and not a single person has so far," Warren said.

Her answer came in wake of Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland's bombshell testimony earlier in the day as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry.

"How did Ambassador Sondland get there?" Warren said, adding that his only qualification was writing a "check for a million dollars."

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Many wealthy presidential donors who harbor ambassadorial ambitions also donate to members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, wrote Tuesday that all candidates in the 2020 presidential election should pledge to choose ambassadors

The United States lets wealthy donors like Gordon Sondland become ambassadors. According to data collected by AFSA, only 26 percent of ambassador positions were given to political Since then, both Democratic and Republican administrations have given plenty of spots to political appointees.

Warren announced her pledge to not give ambassador posts to wealthy donors in June when she unveiled a plan to improve the State Department.

She said Wednesday she hopes other 2020 Democratic candidates will join her in the pledge after Sondland's testimony.

Sondland, a Republican mega-donor, testified Wednesday there was a clear quid pro quo regarding Trump's interactions with Ukraine. He had previously denied Trump leveraged a White House meeting and military aid in return for investigations into Trump's political rivals.

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