AMBASSADOR/BIDEN PEOPLE/JOE BIDEN/NOMINATIONS: “Ambassador Samantha Power is a world-renowned voice of conscience and moral clarity—challenging and rallying the international community to stand up for the dignity and humanity of all people. As USAID Administrator, she’ll be a powerful force for principled American engagement.“ ––Joe Biden, Twitter.com, January 13, 2021 4:20 am […]

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AMBASSADOR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Thank you to our great US Ambassador to Germany, @RichardGrenell, for stepping in to serve as acting DNI. I will be nominating a terrific candidate for the job very soon. Stay tuned!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 20, 2020 10:51 pm […]

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AMBASSADOR/GERMANY/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I am pleased to announce that our highly respected Ambassador to Germany, @RichardGrenell, will become the Acting Director of National Intelligence. Rick has represented our Country exceedingly well and I look forward to working with him. I would like to thank Joe Maguire….” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 19, 2020 7:25 pm […]

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AMBASSADOR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “For a guy who couldn’t get approved for the Ambassador to the U.N. years ago, couldn’t get approved for anything since, ‘begged’ me for a non Senate approved job, which I gave him despite many saying ‘Don’t do it, sir,’ takes the job, mistakenly says ‘Libyan Model’ on T.V., and..” –Donald Trump, […]

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AMBASSADOR/SERBIA/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Everyone said it couldn’t be done. But for the first time in a generation, there will be direct flights between Serbia and Kosovo. Another win. Thanks to @WHNSC Ambassador Robert O’Brien and Ambassador @RichardGrenell! https://t.co/0qSLryG96B“ –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 20, 2020 8:36 pm […]

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AMBASSADOR/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “Trump administration officials are taking steps to stabilize the U.S. relationship with Ukraine amid an impeachment inquiry that has badly damaged ties between the two countries. Aides to President Donald Trump are zeroing in on a new U.S. ambassador to Kyiv—a posting that’s been empty since Marie Yovanovitch was recalled earlier this […]

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AMBASSADOR/IMPEACHMENT/RUDY GIULIANI/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “Rudolph W. Giuliani said on Monday [12-16-19] that he provided President Trump with detailed information this year about how the United States ambassador to Ukraine was, in Mr. Giuliani’s view, impeding investigations that could benefit Mr. Trump, setting in motion the ambassador’s recall from her post. In an interview, Mr. Giuliani, […]

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AMBASSADOR/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Clutching handwritten notes scrawled with a Sharpie, President Donald Trump on Wednesday [11-20-19] fought back against bombshell impeachment testimony from Gordon Sondland that tied the president even closer to a quid pro quo involving Ukraine and investigations into Trump’s political rivals…Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union and a Trump megadonor, told […]

Read More… from 11/20/2019


AMBASSADOR/EU/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE/UKRAINE: “A diplomat at the US embassy in Ukraine told lawmakers last week he’d ‘never seen anything’ like the call Gordon Sondland placed to President Donald Trump at a restaurant in Kiev, according to a transcript of his deposition released Monday [11-18-19] night. David Holmes, the political adviser at the embassy, said he was […]

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AMBASSADOR/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘My support for Donald Trump has never been greater than it is right now. It is paramountly obvious watching this, these people have to go. You elected Donald Trump to drain the Swamp, well, dismissing people like Yovanovitch is what that looks like. Dismissing people like Kent..” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 16, […]

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AMBASSADOR/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 15, 2019 […]

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AMBASSADOR/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former American ambassador to Ukraine, appeared in front of the House Intelligence Committee on Friday during the second day of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry. Ms. Yovanovitch, who was recalled from her post in May, said that there was a ‘concerted campaign against’ her. The following is […]

Read More… from 11/15/2019


AMBASSADOR/CORRUPTION/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “President Trump on Friday [11-15-19] attacked Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former United States ambassador to Ukraine he summarily removed this year, even as she testified in the impeachment inquiry about how she felt threatened by Mr. Trump. Did his behavior amount to witness tampering? If the question is what could be charged […]

Read More… from 11/15/2019


AMBASSADOR/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “The former United States ambassador to Ukraine told the House impeachment inquiry on Friday [11-15-19] that she felt threatened by President Trump and ‘shocked, appalled, devastated’ that he vilified her in a call with another foreign leader, as Mr. Trump attacked her in real time on Twitter, drawing a stern warning about […]

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AMBASSADOR/EU/INVESTIGATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “A second U.S. embassy staffer in Kyiv overheard a key cellphone call between President Donald Trump and his ambassador to the European Union discussing the need for Ukrainian officials to pursue ‘investigations,’ The Associated Press has learned. The July 26 call between Trump and Gordon Sondland was first described during testimony Wednesday […]

Read More… from 11/14/2019


AMBASSADOR/EU/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘The Ambassador to the European Union has already testified, he said there was no quid pro quo. He said the President had told him that.’ @kilmeade @foxandfriends” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 22, 2019 6:11 am […]

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AMBASSADOR/DEMS/INVESTIGATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Corrupt Congressman Adam Schiff is angry that Ambassadors that he thought would be good for his fraudulent Witch Hunt, are turning out to be good for me – some really good! He’s got all meetings locked down, no transparency, only his illegal leaks. A very dishonest sleazebag!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 18, […]

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AMBASSADOR/EU/HOUSE OF REPS/INVESTIGATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/UKRAINE: “Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, bolstered Democrats’ impeachment inquiry Thursday [10-17-19] as he broke sharply from President Donald Trump in testimony before House investigators. During nearly nine hours of testimony, Sondland said he reluctantly indulged what he described as the president’s efforts to run Ukraine […]

Read More… from 10/17/2019


AMBASSADOR/FOREIGN POLICY/HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A former top White House foreign policy adviser told House impeachment investigators this week that she viewed Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, as a potential national security risk because he was so unprepared for his job, according to two people familiar with […]

Read More… from 10/16/2019


AMBASSADOR/FOREIGN POLICY/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A former top White House foreign policy adviser told House impeachment investigators this week that she viewed Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, as a potential national security risk because he was so unprepared for his job, according to two people familiar with her […]

Read More… from 10/16/2019


AMBASSADOR/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/UKRAINE: “The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine abandoned diplomatic discretion and accused the Trump administration of recalling her based on false claims and of eviscerating the State Department, an act that may end her career but drew praise for her courage. Three-time ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, who was abruptly recalled from Kiev in […]

Read More… from 10/11/2019


AMBASSADOR/DEMS/EU/IMPEACHMENT/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “House Democrats on Tuesday [10-8-19] issued a subpoena to a central witness in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump after he bowed to a State Department order to skip a deposition earlier in the day. Gordon Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, had been expected to testify Tuesday morning as […]

Read More… from 10/8/2019


AMBASSADOR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “I would love to send Ambassador Sondland, a really good man and great American, to testify, but unfortunately he would be testifying before a totally compromised kangaroo court, where Republican’s rights have been taken away, and true facts are not allowed out for the public….” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 8, 2019 […]

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AMBASSADOR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “….to see. Importantly, Ambassador Sondland’s tweet, which few report, stated, ‘I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. The President has been crystal clear: no quid pro quo’s of any kind.’ That says it ALL!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 8, 2019 8:23 am […]

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AMBASSADOR/CORRUPTION/DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘When your making an unsubstantiated charge that the President of the United States is making a request having to do with quid pro quo, this witness has blown a big hole into that statement.The Ambassador put a dagger in the heart of Schiffs fairytale.’ Rep. Lee Zeldin @FoxNews” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October […]

Read More… from 10/4/2019


AMBASSADOR/CORRUPTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘When your making an unsubstantiated statement that the President is making a claim having to do with quid pro quo, this witness has blown a big hole into that statement. The Ambassador put a dagger in the heart of Schiffs fairytale.’ Rep. Lee Zeldin” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 4, 2019 8:44 am […]

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AMBASSADOR/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “Shortly after being named the U.S. special representative for Ukraine negotiations in mid-2017, Kurt Volker attended an invitation-only strategy session at the Atlantic Council with a small group of foreign-policy hands. There, he encouraged the people gathered at the downtown D.C. think tank to publicly praise President Donald Trump for his handling […]

Read More… from 9/27/2019


AMBASSADOR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “President Trump’s words about Marie L. Yovanovitch, his former ambassador to Ukraine, were ominous. In a telephone conversation that has set off a political crisis for Mr. Trump, he told Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, that she was ‘bad news.’ ‘She’s going to go through some things,’ he added. In fact, […]

Read More… from 9/26/2019


AMBASSADOR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….I would also like to thank ‘Papa’ Doug Manchester, hopefully the next Ambassador to the Bahamas, for the incredible amount of time, money and passion he has spent on helping to bring safety to the Bahamas. Much work to be done by the Bahamian Government. We will help! @OANN” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, […]

Read More… from 9/7/2019


AMBASSADOR/BRITAIN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The swift downfall of Britain’s ambassador in Washington has rattled diplomats who are warning that the leak that led to it, as well as Donald Trump’s bullying along the way, is harming foreign service work around the world. Kim Darroch’s resignation Wednesday [7-10-19] came after withering criticism from the president, who was […]

Read More… from 7/10/2019


AMBASSADOR/BRITAIN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Ask members of the Washington diplomatic corps about the cables that Sir Kim Darroch, the British ambassador who resigned Wednesday [7-10-19], wrote to London describing the dysfunction and chaos of the Trump administration, and their response is uniform: We wrote the same stuff…So did Mr. Darroch, who, alone and with Mr. Araud, […]

Read More… from 7/10/2019


AMBASSADOR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UK: “The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy. He should speak to his country, and Prime Minister May, about their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was…”  –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, […]

Read More… from 7/9/2019


AMBASSADOR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UK: “…handled. I told @theresa_may how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way-was unable to get it done. A disaster! I don’t know the Ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool. Tell him the USA now has the best Economy & Military anywhere in the World, […]

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AMBASSADOR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UK: “….thought of within the U.S. We will no longer deal with him. The good news for the wonderful United Kingdom is that they will soon have a new Prime Minister. While I thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent State Visit last month, it was the Queen who I was most impressed with!”  –Donald Trump, […]

Read More… from 7/8/2019


AMBASSADOR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UK: “I have been very critical about the way the U.K. and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit. What a mess she and her representatives have created. I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way. I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked […]

Read More… from 7/8/2019


AMBASSADOR/BRITAIN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump celebrates his bond with Queen Elizabeth II. He is less charitable about those who serve her. On Monday [7-8-19], Mr. Trump said the White House would no longer deal with the British ambassador to the United States after the envoy described the Trump administration as “clumsy and inept” in confidential […]

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AMBASSADOR/FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump threw out the diplomatic rule book when he took office, tweeting gleefully about sensitive global issues, be it the nuclear showdown with North Korea or burden sharing within NATO. Now he has spawned a squad of in-house imitators. John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, has tweeted more than […]

Read More… from 3/7/2019


AMBASSADOR/FOREIGN POLICY/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/UN: “The woman President Donald Trump chose to represent America at the United Nations is a billionaire known for her bursting political Rolodex, disarmingly sunny disposition — and limited foreign policy experience. Kelly Craft pulled off one unquestionable achievement in her stint as ambassador to Canada under Trump: She maintained good […]

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AMBASSADOR/NOMINATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “President Donald Trump on Friday [2-22-19] night announced he will nominate current Ambassador to Canada Kelly Knight Craft as his next United Nations ambassador…The announcement came about an hour after the president met face-to-face with Craft along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton in the Oval […]

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AMBASSADOR/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/UN: “President Donald Trump announced on Friday [2-22-19] he was nominating Kelly Knight Craft as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations…Her nomination will be sent to the Senate for consideration. Craft, who currently serves as U.S. Ambassador to Canada, was a favorite of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who recommended […]

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AMBASSADOR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “….Kelly has done an outstanding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Country will be represented at the highest level. Congratulations to Kelly and her entire family!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 22, 2019 6:02 pm […]

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AMBASSADOR/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “President Trump said on Friday [2-22-19] that he was nominating Kelly Knight Craft, the United States ambassador to Canada, to succeed Nikki R. Haley as ambassador to the United Nations, days after his first choice for the position withdrew from consideration. Mr. Trump announced the nomination on Twitter, writing that Ms. Craft […]

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AMBASSADOR/DEMS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Democrats in the Senate are still slow walking hundreds of highly qualified people wanting to come into government. Never been such an abuse in our country’s history. Mitch should not let Senate go home until all are approved. We need our Ambassadors and all others NOW!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 17, 2019 […]

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AMBASSADOR/GOVERNMENT/MIKE PENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Vice President Mike Pence tried to enlist America’s ambassadors in the shutdown fight on Wednesday [1-16-19], telling the diplomats they each have ‘a role to play as we take the battle forward on Capitol Hill to secure our border.’ But even as Pence urged the embassy chiefs to defend President Donald […]

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AMBASSADOR/CHUCK SCHUMER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Heads of countries are calling wanting to know why Senator Schumer is not approving their otherwise approved Ambassadors!? Likewise in Government lawyers and others are being delayed at a record pace! 360 great and hardworking people are waiting for approval from….” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 31, 2018 3:02 pm […]

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AMBASSADOR/GERMANY/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….She will probably be given a pass, despite their terrible ratings. Congratulations to @RichardGrenell, our great Ambassador to Germany, for having the courage to take this horrible issue on!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 13, 2018 12:34 pm […]

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AMBASSADOR/NOMINATIONS/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/UN: “President Donald Trump is expected to announce he will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, officials familiar with the plans said Thursday [12-6-18]. Two administration officials confirmed Trump’s plans. A Republican congressional aide said the president was expected to announce his […]

Read More… from 12/6/2018


AMBASSADOR/NIKKI HALEY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “Almost two months after President Donald Trump said he would quickly name a replacement for Nikki Haley, he is still struggling to pick his next ambassador to the United Nations. At first, former deputy national security adviser to the President Dina Powell was under consideration, then took herself out of contention. […]

Read More… from 11/30/2018


AMBASSADOR/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump will nominate retired Gen. John Abizaid, the former head of US Central Command, as the new American ambassador to Saudi Arabia, the White House announced Tuesday [11-13-18]. The nomination comes at a critical moment in diplomatic relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia, as the White House […]

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AMBASSADOR/ISRAEL/PALESTINE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said [5-15-18] Tuesday that the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was not to blame for deadly violence that erupted along the Gaza border, casting blame instead on Hamas and its backers in the Iranian government. Addressing the U.N. […]

Read More… from 5/15/2018


AMBASSADOR/ISRAEL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States Embassy in Jerusalem is set to open with great fanfare on Monday [5-14-18], but the American ambassador to Israel will not yet work permanently out of his new office there, administration officials said Friday [5-11-18], and instead will split his time between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. That solution might […]

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AMBASSADOR/AUSTRALIA/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is considering sending Adm. Harry Harris to South Korea as its new ambassador, according to two people familiar with the matter, turning to a military man to fill a diplomatic vacancy at a pivotal moment on the Korean Peninsula. Adm. Harris, currently the head of U.S. Pacific Command, […]

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AMBASSADOR/AUSTRALIA/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Adm. Harry Harris, the top US military official overseeing operations across Asia who had been tapped as ambassador to Australia, is likely to be named instead as US ambassador to South Korea, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter. Moving Harris, who currently serves as commander of US Pacific Command, […]

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AMBASSADOR/DEMS/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Hundreds of good people, including very important Ambassadors and Judges, are being blocked and/or slow walked by the Democrats in the Senate. Many important positions in Government are unfilled because of this obstruction. Worst in U.S. history!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Mar. 14, 2018 08:02am […]

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AMBASSADOR/EU/FOREIGN POLICY/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and Europe over trade and foreign policy, the Trump administration is moving to fill the long-vacant post of U.S. ambassador to the European Union. Washington has asked the EU if Portland hotelier Gordon Sondland would be an acceptable nominee, according to two senior European […]

Read More… from 3/12/2018


AMBASSADOR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The outgoing US ambassador to Panama issued a scathing critique of President Donald Trump and his foreign policies in an op-ed, saying that a betrayal of ‘the traditional core values of the United States’ led to his resignation. ‘I resigned because the traditional core values of the United States, as manifested in […]

Read More… from 3/9/2018


AMBASSADOR/FOREIGN POLICY/MEXICO/TRUMP FAMILY/JARED KUSHNER: “The US ambassador to Mexico was not invited to a meeting between senior White House adviser Jared Kushner and Mexican officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto, a US official told CNN. Roberta Jacobson, a career diplomat who has more than 30 years of experience in the region, announced her retirement earlier […]

Read More… from 3/8/2018


AMBASSADOR/FOREIGN POLICY/RUSSIA: “Russia’s new ambassador to the United States has been described as both ruthless and charming. Since his arrival in Washington six months ago, he has emphasized the charm — hosting parties, giving speeches and even launching a bluegrass-backed embassy podcast at a moment of bitter U.S.-Russian relations. But Anatoly Antonov says he has […]

Read More… from 3/7/2018


AMBASSADOR/FOREIGN POLICY/TURKEY: “The U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey closed Monday [3-5-18] due to an unspecified security threat, though local media reports the closure came as Turkish authorities detained several suspects on charges of plotting an attack against the embassy. According to The Anadolu Agency, the country’s state-run media outlet, the suspects are Iraqi nationals and […]

Read More… from 3/5/2018


AMBASSADOR/MEXICO/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States ambassador to Mexico plans to resign from her post in May, according to a memo circulated on Thursday [3-1-18] to embassy staff, the latest in a string of senior diplomatic departures from the region — and more broadly from the State Department. The ambassador, Roberta S. Jacobson, 57, served […]

Read More… from 3/1/2018


AMBASSADOR/FOREIGN POLICY/NORTH KOREA/STATE: “Joseph Yun, the top U.S. diplomat on North Korea issues, said Tuesday [2-27-18] that he plans to retire this week, dealing a blow to Washington’s efforts at outreach to Pyongyang as the regime signals its interest in dialogue with the U.S. Mr. Yun confirmed the news, reported earlier by CNN, in an […]

Read More… from 2/27/2018


AMBASSADOR/MILITARY/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump has announced his intent to nominate the top US military official overseeing operations across Asia to be his next ambassador to Australia. Adm. Harry Harris currently serves as commander of US Pacific Command, a combatant command that oversees all US military activities in the Indo-Pacific region. His nomination comes at […]

Read More… from 2/9/2018


AMBASSADOR/NOMINATIONS/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “The Trump administration is searching for a new candidate to be the ambassador to South Korea, after U.S. officials said Tuesday [1-30-18] that its previous pick, Victor Cha, is no longer under consideration. The Trump administration notified the South Korean government in December that Mr. Cha would be its […]

Read More… from 1/30/2018


AMBASSADOR/FOREIGN POLICY/IRAN/NIKKI HALEY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “The Trump administration escalated efforts to put pressure on Iran on Monday [1-29-18], taking ambassadors from the United Nations Security Council on a field trip to inspect what American officials called remnants of Iranian missiles and other weaponry illegally supplied to Yemen rebels. The ambassadors were also White House lunch […]

Read More… from 1/29/2018


AMBASSADOR/GOP/POLITICAL FIGURES: “Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas was narrowly confirmed to an ambassadorship on Wednesday [1-24-18] after a six-month wait that left Kansans increasingly confused about who was in charge of their state. The Senate split 49-49 along party lines on the nomination of Mr. Brownback, a Republican who has grown unpopular in Kansas, to […]

Read More… from 1/24/2018


AMBASSADOR/RACISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Former American ambassadors to 48 African nations have urged President Donald Trump to reassess his views on Africa and its citizens after he was reported to have referred to nations there as ‘shithole countries.’ In a letter to Mr. Trump on Tuesday, 78 former envoys said the U.S. is ‘safer, healthier, more […]

Read More… from 1/17/2018


2016 ELECTION/AMBASSADOR/RUSSIA: “A U.S. report detailing new sanctions against Russia will be published on Jan. 29, the TASS news agency cited U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman as saying on Tuesday [1-16-18]. Washington is expected to impose fresh penalties against Russia for its alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential vote, an allegation Russia has […]

Read More… from 1/16/2018


AMBASSADOR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Haiti’s ambassador to the US said Monday [1-15-18] that President Donald Trump’s recent comments about Haiti ‘hurt the country,’ adding that he hopes the President will visit the nation… Referring to immigrants from African countries during an Oval Office meeting last week, Trump asked lawmakers, ‘Why do we want all these people […]

Read More… from 1/15/2018


AMBASSADOR/PANAMA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, telling the State Department he no longer feels able to serve President Donald Trump. ‘As a junior foreign service officer, I signed an oath to serve faithfully the president and his administration in an apolitical […]

Read More… from 1/12/2018


AMBASSADOR/NOMINATIONS/RACISM/RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The new US ambassador to the Netherlands, who was confronted last month by a Dutch reporter with comments he made in 2015 about Islamic ‘no-go zones,’ repeatedly made unsubstantiated claims about the nature of Muslim communities in Europe and pushed a hardline view of Islam, a KFile review of his public appearances […]

Read More… from 1/9/2018


AMBASSADOR/IRAN/NIKKI HALEY/UN: “U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called Tuesday [1-2-18] for the U.N. to act and for world leaders to express solidarity with Iranians, as antigovernment demonstrations raged in Iran for the sixth day. The U.S. has called for emergency meetings at the Security Council and the U.N.’s Human Rights Council in […]

Read More… from 1/2/2018


AMBASSADOR/NIKKI HALEY/NORTH KOREA/UN: “US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley issued a stern warning to North Korea on Tuesday, saying the US ‘will never accept a nuclear North Korea.’… North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held out a rare olive branch to South Korea on Monday, offering talks about sending a delegation to the […]

Read More… from 1/2/2018


AMBASSADOR/FAKE NEWS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The new US ambassador to the Netherlands has been caught out on Dutch television after a journalist quizzed him about comments he had made about Islamic extremism in the country. Pete Hoekstra denied he had ever said there were ‘no-go zones’ in the Netherlands, calling it ‘fake news’. But the Dutch […]

Read More… from 12/22/2017


AMBASSADOR/NOMINATIONS/POPE FRANCIS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Callista Gingrich, wife of the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, on Friday [12-22-17] became U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, which is at odds with Washington over immigration, climate change and Jerusalem. Callista Gingrich, 51, an author, documentary filmmaker and former congressional aide, presented her credentials to Pope Francis […]

Read More… from 12/21/2017


AMBASSADOR/NOMINATIONS/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration will nominate as ambassador to Seoul a prominent Korea expert who favors a tough line on Pyongyang, filling a yearlong vacancy at the front lines of President Donald Trump’s biggest foreign-policy challenge. The appointment of Victor Cha, a Georgetown University professor who served in the George W. Bush […]

Read More… from 12/11/2017


AMBASSADORS/REX TILLERSON/STATE: “The State Department will soon offer a $25,000 buyout to diplomats and staff members who quit or take early retirements by April, officials confirmed on Friday [11-10-17]. The decision is part of Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson’s continuing effort to cut the ranks of diplomats and Civil Service officers despite bipartisan resistance […]

Read More… from 11/10/2017


AMBASSADOR/STATE: “Scott Brown, the United States ambassador to New Zealand, was investigated and cautioned by the State Department about comments he made to women while on an official trip to Samoa, he revealed Wednesday [10-25-17]. Mr. Brown, the former Republican senator from Massachusetts, told Fairfax Media that he had been instructed to be more culturally […]

Read More… from 10/25/2017


AMBASSADOR/NOMINATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The U.S. Senate on Monday [10-16-17] voted to confirm President Donald Trump’s nomination of Callista Gingrich to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. Gingrich, 51, an author, documentary filmmaker and former congressional aide, is the wife of former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, a vocal Trump ally. […]

Read More… from 10/16/2017


AMBASSADOR/CUBA/STATE: “The U.S. State Department is set to announce Friday [9-29-17] that it is cutting staff at the U.S. Embassy in Havana as Washington investigates mysterious health attacks that have left more than 20 diplomats with dizziness, concussions, hearing loss and other symptoms. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said earlier this month that he was […]

Read More… from 9/29/2017


AMBASSADOR/TURKEY: “Protesters were forcibly ejected from a speech by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in New York City on Thursday [9-22-17], in the latest U.S. confrontation involving protests against Turkey’s leader. Erdogan was speaking to an audience at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square when, as the AP reports, someone shouted ‘Terrorist!’ As shouting […]

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AMBASSADOR/NOMINATIONS/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to Russia, said on Tuesday [9-19-17] there was ‘no question’ Moscow meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, and pledged to bring up the matter with the Russian government… Many members of Congress, including several of Trump’s fellow Republicans, are concerned […]

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AMBASSADOR/IRAN/NIKKI HALEY/UN: “U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Tuesday [9-5-17] laid out a path for the White House to declare that Iran isn’t complying with the 2015 nuclear deal—but leave it to Congress to decide what to do. Although the U.S. has said Tehran is technically abiding by its commitments, Ms. Haley […]

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AMBASSADOR/RUSSIA: “Russia’s next ambassador to Washington will be Anatoly Antonov, a former defense official who is subject to European sanctions over his role in the conflict in Ukraine, the Kremlin announced on Monday [8-21-17]. Antonov takes over from Sergei Kislyak, whose contacts with members of President Donald Trump’s campaign team made him a central figure […]

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