foreign service

noun

Definition of foreign service

: the field force of a foreign office comprising diplomatic and consular personnel

Examples of foreign service in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Linick will replaced by Stephen Akard, a former career foreign service officer who has close ties to Vice President Mike Pence, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Matthew Lee, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump fires State Department watchdog critical of administration," 16 May 2020 Linick will replaced by Stephen Akard, a former career foreign service officer who has close ties to Vice President Mike Pence, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Matthew Lee, Houston Chronicle, "Trump fires State Dept. watchdog critical of admin moves," 16 May 2020 Linick will replaced by Stephen Akard, a former career foreign service officer who has close ties to Vice President Mike Pence, said the official. Matthew Lee, BostonGlobe.com, "Pompeo fires State Dept. watchdog critical of Trump moves," 15 May 2020 Yet its foreign service has never been more demoralised; the Chinese one never more confident. The Economist, "The world after covid-19 By invitation: Kishore Mahbubani," 20 Apr. 2020 An article about President Trump’s ambassador appointments that ran in February misstated how ambassadors and other senior foreign service officers are chosen. USA TODAY, "Corrections & Clarifications 2018," 27 Apr. 2020 As a result, stockpiled medical equipment intended for foreign service was sitting unused while stories about supply shortages at U.S. clinics and hospitals abounded. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: The medical supplies were sitting in storage. Then this healthcare team sent them to the front lines," 15 Apr. 2020 Her complaints have echoes of the discontent of some diplomats in the US foreign service under US President Donald Trump. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "Top British diplomat Alexandra Hall Hall quits with searing Brexit critique," 6 Dec. 2019 Members of Ansar al Sharia launched a coordinated assault on Sept. 11, 2012, killing U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "State Department won't support Hillary Clinton effort to dodge deposition over email server and Benghazi," 6 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of foreign service

1870, in the meaning defined above

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29 May 2020

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“Foreign service.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foreign%20service. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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