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Trump Administration and Impact

  • Trump Administration, US Ambassador to Denmark, US Government

Here’s our collection of some of the best resources for understanding the new Trump administration and its potential impact on business conditions in the US

  • Guardian article with the picks to Dec. 9, and further links about each one
  • NYTimes graphic showing who’s in place, who still needs Senate confirmation, and which positions are still to be appointed
  • Guide to the Trump Adminstration – Qorvis MSLGROUP provides a first look (Nov. 15th) at the people and players behind the most unlikely presidential campaign in American history. For each person, they have included a bio, a photo, and representative institutions and organizations affiliated with that person.  The guide covers
    • The Trump Family
    • Power Players: Persons of Accomplishment Who Joined the Trump Inner Circle Early, and Will No Doubt Have Considerable Influence Over His Administration
    • The Trump for President Finance Committee: From Which President Trump is expected to draw his Ambassadors and Economic Advisors
    • Domestic and Foreign Policy Advisors
    • Global Business Relationships: Publicly Disclosed Business Ties Donald Trump has to hotels, real estate and other investments in Europe, Asia and the Middle East
    • Members of the Trump Transition Team
  • MSL Group SlideShare e-book Governing a Divided Nation – Insights about what drove the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, and a look at how the new US President and Congress might move forward
  • Donald Trump and the future of globalization – a  Nov. 18th Brookings analysis of what might and might not happen
  • The economic consequences of Donald Trump – a Nov. 9th 2016 Economist article detailing some of the risks we might have to face
  • What’s next and who will be the next US Ambassador to Denmark?  Below is a very good summary written by the staff at AmCham Denmark:
    • “Following a closely contested election, President Elect Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017, and the new Congress will officially be in Session from that date.As to the practical implications of the election outcome, we have created a short FAQ, which we hope helps to explain what we can expect in the coming months:

      FAQ: Implications of a New U.S. President
      The elections are over – a new President is starting the transition process in the White House, and in Congress both incumbents and newly elected members prepare to take up their seats.In addition to gaining the Presidency, the Republican Party also retained the majority of seats in the Senate and the House of Representatives, giving them a “unified government”, which has only been the case for 8 of the last 36 years.What’s going to happen and when?
      Donald Trump is now the “President Elect”. The Electoral College will meet on December 19 and formally elect him as the 45th President of the United States. The next step is the Inauguration on January 20th 2017, where Trump will be sworn in as President. This marks the end of the Obama Presidency, and by default also the end of the term for all political appointees in the Administration – including ambassadors.

      The new administration team will only gradually be able to take over, as most are subject to hearings and confirmation by Congress. In practice this means that the Senate may block/veto certain appointments, but they cannot suggest or appoint anyone. Some positions – including most of the Cabinet – cannot be left vacant, and the people appointed to these key positions basically take charge from day one, with the hearings taking place afterwards.

      Not so with embassies such as the one in Copenhagen, where the ambassador position can be vacant for several months. The current Ambassador, Rufus Gifford, formally resigned his position following the election and will depart Denmark January 20th. Realistically, a new ambassador will not be able to start work in Copenhagen before August or September 2017.

      If we look at Ambassador Gifford’s appointment, he was only formally announced as Ambassador designate in June 2013 – a full 8 months after the re-election of President Obama. Confirmation hearings in the Senate were held on July 25th, and Gifford was quickly cleared and confirmed on August 1st 2013. This enabled him to arrive in Denmark in early September – 10 months after the election.

      Who is going to be the new Ambassador?
      Good question. The likely answer is that nobody knows at this time – and it will be a while before anybody does. Traditionally, the post in Copenhagen has been ‘awarded’ to someone who has supported the presidential campaign. Given the way the Trump campaign has distanced itself from the mainstream of the Republican Party, and the limited amount of donor contributions, it is almost impossible to say anything about what kind of person will be nominated.

      What happens when there is no Ambassador?
      The U.S. Foreign Service is equipped to manage a situation where there is no ambassador for a prolonged period of time. In Denmark the procedure is that the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), who is the highest ranking career diplomat at the Embassy (and not politically appointed), will assume the title of “Chargé d’Affaires ad interim” – a standard diplomatic term, basically translating into “in charge until further notice”.

      In practice this means that the current DCM, Laura Lochman will be acting ambassador from the day Ambassador Gifford leaves Denmark – until the new Ambassador hands his credentials to the Queen. During that period she will be the official representative of the U.S. to Denmark”

    • As a non-profit, non-governmental, member-driven association, DABF looks forward to continuing our close cooperation with the US Embassy and to working closely with DCM Laura Lochman for future events on topics that will benefit our members!