38 U.S. ambassadorships remain vacant
Mike Pompeo has just been tapped to lead a State Department with numerous vacancies. Photo: Shadi Nsoor/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Why it matters: Some of the regions missing ambassadors are crucial to the U.S.'s foreign policy priorities. South Korea is missing a top diplomat amid negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and the European Union and Mexico have vacancies as those nations try to avoid a trade war with the U.S.