In a break with precedent, Obama ambassadors are told to quit posts by Inauguration Day

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump's transition staff has issued a blanket edict requiring politically appointed ambassadors to leave their overseas posts by Inauguration Day, according to several American diplomats familiar with the plan, breaking with decades of precedent by declining to provide even the briefest of grace periods.

The mandate — issued "without exceptions," according to a terse State Department cable sent on Dec. 23, according to diplomats who saw it —...

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