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US Ambassador To Budapest To Leave Office In Two Weeks

By Tamás Székely // 2017.01.06.

Colleen Bell, the United States’ Ambassador to Hungary, has announced on Friday that she will put an end to her mission and leave Budapest on January 20. Press reports suggested already in September that she would resign as soon as Donald Trump replaces Barack Obama at the top of the US administration, however, the Ambassador has not confirmed that until now.

Today I want to share with you some important news. I will be departing Budapest on January 20 after completing my assignment here as the U.S. Ambassador to Hungary. Thank you, Hungary, for the kindness and friendship you have shown me and my family. I will miss serving in this position, but will continue my commitment to building stronger ties between our two countries. I look forward to saying my farewells, both formally and informally, over the next couple of weeks. – Colleen Bell

What may be behind Colleen Bell’s sudden departure from Hungary? According to New York Times, President-elect Trump’s transition staff has issued a blanket edict requiring politically appointed ambassadors without exceptions to leave their overseas posts by Inauguration Day. The new President is “breaking with decades of precedent by declining to provide even the briefest of grace periods”, the paper pointed out.

„Fontos hírt szeretnék ma megosztani veletek. Január 20-án, amerikai nagyköveti megbízatásom végeztével, elutazom…

Posted by US Embassy Budapest on Friday, 6 January 2017

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