Map: Trump goes on to leave key STATE DEPT. posts empty

Story highlights President Trump has still left a number of STATE DEPT. posts unfilled

Many of them are in countries major to US interests

Temporary office-holders may stay in wide open jobs for 300 days. But 320 days have elapsed since the start of the Trump administration

Washington (CNN) Nearly 11 months in to the Trump administration, and ten months since Secretary of Talk about Rex Tillerson took business office, the State Department goes on to grapple with vacancies across its senior ranks.

Dozens of countries usually do not currently have a good senate-confirmed US ambassador in place, including major US allies like South Korea, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.

Of these vacant posts, over 30 are still awaiting a nominee, while 11 others have nominees pending confirmation.

On top of that, President Donald Trump features yet to nominate people for senior roles at many international organizations, also to oversee important regional and issue-based bureaus.

As his administration grapples with an extremely aggressive North Korea, Trump lacks not just a permanent ambassador to South Korea, but also a long term Undersecretary for Hands Control and International Security Affairs, and a long term Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

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