The U.S. Senate confirmed Ambassador Symington on September 28, 2016 after he was nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama, then sworn in as the Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria on October 31, 2016.
He would have spent a mere 81 days as ambassador by January 20.
Trump has taken a strict stance against leaving any of Obama's political appointees in place as he prepares to take office on January 20, aiming to break up many of his predecessor's signature foreign and domestic policy achievements.
U.S. ambassador to New Zealand Gilbert Mark said Friday, "I will be departing on January 20," in a Twitter message.
Ambassador Symington, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, was raised in Missouri and comes from a distinguished political family. His grandfather, W. Stuart Symington Jr. was the first Secretary of the Air Force from 1947 to 1950, and served as the U.S. Senator from Missouri from 1953 to 1976. His father, James W. Symington served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1969 to 1977, representing Missouri’s Second Congressional District.
Meanwhile, some ambassadors are said to be thinking about appealing the decision with Rex Tillerson, the billionaire property developer’s nominee for Secretary of State.