Wriston, Henry M.
January 1960
Foreign Affairs;Jan1960, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p219
Academic Journal
The article presents a discussion on special envoys such as ambassadors, commissioners, agents, or delegates, who are appointed by the United States President. Their missions may be secret, and no one might be informed of them. Neither their private character nor public attention affects the position of the representative. The President may meet their expenses and pay them such sums as he regards as reasonable. In this matter there is no check upon him except the availability of funds that has never proved an insoluble problem. The special envoy is not an American institution but a universal practice. Particular interest in the employment of this type of agent by the United States arises from the constitutional provision that the President shall nominate, and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls. Yet in a single year U.S. President Dwight David Eisenhower has appointed over 25 persons, with the rank of ambassador, without placing any of their names before the Senate or asking its advice and consent before appointment.


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