Ted’s widow in Austria, Caroline possibly in Australia. And there are some rebellious republicans
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT WASHINGTON In the list of ambassadors, in fact Joe Biden’s geopolitical map, there is also room for the Kennedys. Wednesday 21 July, the president named Victoria Reggie Kennedy, 67, ambassador to Vienna. the widow of Senator Ted Kennedy, whom he married in second marriage in 1992, snatching him, it is said, from an unruly life. After the death of her husband (25 August 2009), Victoria, a lawyer specializing in commercial law, dealt with many other issues: from gun control to cultural promotion. Of course, Austria is not the epicenter of US foreign policy. interesting, however, to note how Biden tries to keep together innovative figures and established traditions. The leader of the White House, on the other hand, would be considering for a post as ambassador, in Asia or Australia, too Caroline Kennedy, 63, daughter of President John.
All presidential appointments must be ratified by the Senate. Biden has accelerated over the past two months, covering the most strategic boxes. Although some of the choices are unofficial. Starting with Beijing, the most difficult location, where it should go Nicholas Burns, 65 anni, he is halfway between the academic world and the institutions, with bipartisan appreciation, given that he was, among other things, undersecretary at the State Department in the George W. Bush administration and ambassador to Greece representing Bill Clinton. Recently he has worked for the Cohen Group, a consultancy firm for defense companies with interests in Asia, including China.
Another hybrid profile is that of Thomas Nides, 60 years old, future ambassador to Jerusalem. Nides, deeply rooted in the Jewish community, has held positions in the Clinton and Obama administrations. In parallel, he established himself in the world of finance, eventually becoming general manager and vice president of Morgan Stanley.
For the moment Biden has selected about half of the future ambassadors among career diplomats: a percentage more or less in line with Donald Trump’s 56%, but far from Barack Obama’s 70%. Like all other presidents, Biden is fishing a share of the future feluccas among the backers of his election race. Among the most sought-after cities there is certainly London, the capital from which to manage the special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States. In the City it would be expected Jane Hartley, 71, fundraiser with the help of her husband, the financier Ralph Schlosstein, for the electoral committee of Obama and then of Biden. The first nominated her ambassador to Paris. The second, in fact, in London. David Cohen, 65, a Pennsylvania lobbyist and a Comcast advisor, will be based in Ottawa, Canada. Il businessman Doug Hickey should land in Rome, in the Embassy of Via Veneto, after coordinating the American participation in the Milan Expo 2015.
The other category to keep an eye on is that of loyal politicians. Here then is the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, 50, who sided with Biden when the victory in the primary was not a foregone conclusion. Garcetti wanting to New Delhi, India, leaving behind the controversy on the homeless emergency. Former Chicago Mayor Emmanuel Rahm, 61, briefly Obama’s Chief of Staff, destined for Tokyo, Japan.
But there are also rewards for Republicans who are most critical of Trump. Former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, 58, will lead US diplomacy in Ankara, Turkey, while Cindy McCain, 67, widow of Senator John McCain, will represent the US in FAO, the United Nations food agency with offices in Rome.
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