Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Biden Announnced New Ambassador Picks

President Biden, on Wednesday, announced his Nominate Michelle Kwan, a former Olympic Figure Skater and Longtime Democratic Activist, to serve as Ambassador to Belize.

Biden also picked Caroline Kennedy to serve as Ambassador to Australia, her Second High-Profile Diplomatic Position, after serving as Ambassador to Japan, in the Obama Administration.

In a statement, Kennedy called Australia "a country that is as vital to our future security and prosperity as Australia. I am always grateful to the courageous Solomon Islanders and Australian coast watchers who rescued my father during World War 2, and if confirmed, I will work hard to repay this debt. I look forward to collaborating with the Government of Australia to strengthen our alliance, improve global health and increase vaccine access during this terrible pandemic and to address the urgent climate crisis. I am excited to get to know the Australian people, learn about their fascinating country and share with them what I love most about America." Kennedy said in a Statement.

Kennedy's Appointment to Australia reflects the High Priority the Biden Administration is placing on the Asia-Pacific as it deals with an increasingly assertive China in the Region and on the world Stage.

The U.S. and Australia share close Trade Ties and a Robust Military Relationship, fighting side by side in every Major Conflict since World War I.

The Two Countries are also Members of the "Five Eyes alliance," an Intelligence-Sharing Arrangement among the English-speaking Democracies of the U.S., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK.

If Confirmed, Kennedy would come to the Job with previous Experience in the Region. A Graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University Law School, she served as Ambassador to Japan from 2013 to 2017, as an Obama Administration Appointee.

In Tokyo, Kennedy worked on Military and Trade, among other Issues, and became the Second U.S. Ambassador to attend an Annual Memorial Service marking the U.S. Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima.

Kennedy's prior Experience includes Work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and New York City's Department of Education, as well as with her Family's Foundations. She has edited Best-Selling Books about American History, Politics, and Poetry, and Co-authored Two Books about Civil Liberties.

In a Reflection of Biden's Close Relationship with the Kennedy Political Dynasty, Caroline Kennedy is the Second Family Member he has Nominated to fill a Diplomatic Post. The President has tapped the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's Widow, Victoria, to be his envoy in Austria.

Kwan, who worked on the Biden Campaign and has been pressing for an Ambassador Post, said she was Honored by the Nomination.

"If confirmed, I will be very proud to serve my country," Kwan said. "Belize is full of incredible history and culture, and has been a tremendous partner to the United States. I look forward to working with the Belizean government on economic issues, to put an end to this pandemic, and to address the root causes of migration."

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