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With Trump's nominee in limbo, envoy post in UAE stays empty

AP  |  Washington 

When Mike arrived in the on Friday, no US was there to welcome him.

The post has been empty for nine months. The Republican donor chose for the job, John Rakolta Jr., hasn't been approved by the

Trump has accused Democrats of using the chamber's web of rules to sabotage his nominees. But Rakolta's selection illustrates the challenges of filling a high-level government position with a candidate from the corporate world who has no prior diplomatic experience.

The ambassador's office in the UAE has been vacant since March when retired from the State Department after a long diplomatic career. By comparison, Leaf was confirmed as in November 2014, four months after she was nominated.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 11:55 IST