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Biden faces pressure to end practice of rewarding donors with plum foreign posts

Former state department career staff urge president to dismantle pay-for-play operations and to prioritize gender parity

Joe Biden is coming under pressure from former state department career staff to match the diversity of his cabinet and senior administration positions in foreign postings – and to reform the longstanding practice in the US of rewarding political supporters with plum ambassadorial jobs.

More than three months into his first term, Biden’s foreign diplomatic slate remains open, with only one top ambassador – Linda Thomas-Greenfield, to the United Nations, nominated and confirmed.

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