Posted: 6:59 pm EST
On February 15, the WH announced the President’s intent to nominate David Michael Satterfield of Missouri, to be a Career Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Turkey. The WH released the following brief bio:
Ambassador Satterfield, a career member of the senior Foreign Service, class of Career Minister, has been the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs since 2017. Previously, Ambassador Satterfield served as the Director General of the Multinational Force and Observers in Rome, Italy, from 2014 to 2017 and 2009 to 2013. In 2014, Ambassador Satterfield was special advisor to the Secretary of State for Libya, based in Tripoli, Libya, and served as Charge d’Affaires at the United States Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, from 2013 to 2014. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Baghdad, Iraq, from 2005 to 2006, and as the United States Ambassador to Lebanon from 1998 to 2001. Ambassador Satterfield served at the United States embassies in Syria and Saudi Arabia as well as other senior assignments, including Deputy Assistant Secretary, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs from 2001 to 2005. Ambassador Satterfield is the recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, and the United States Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award. He earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland. Ambassador Satterfield speaks Arabic, French, and Italian.
If confirmed, Ambassador Satterfield would succeed John R. Bass (1964–) who served as chief of mission in Turkey from October 2014–October 2017. Previous appointees to this post includes Francis Joseph Ricciardone (1952–);Morton Isaac Abramowitz (1933–); Marc Isaiah Grossman (1951–); Ronald Ian Spiers (1925–); and James Franklin Jeffrey (1946–), who is now dual-hatted as Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and as United States Special Representative for Syria Engagement.
Satterfield's nomination could also indicate the WH is confident that David Schenker – nominated to take the NEA job – will be confirmed. Schenker's nomination has been stalled by a challenge from Sen. Tim Kaine, as @RobbieGramer & @laraseligman wrote:https://t.co/BDjV7bNshC
— Jack Detsch (@JackDetsch_ALM) February 15, 2019
In Saudi Arabia, Trump never nominated an Ambassador. Instead Kushner & lately Pompeo handling relation.
In Turkey, David Satterfield expected to be nominated but awaiting Congress confirmation of David Schenker as AS for NEA that Satterfield runs now.
All constrains US role
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) October 10, 2018
Veteran US diplomat David Satterfield is expected to serve as acting assistant secretary for Middle East affairs https://t.co/lZeGaLifVj pic.twitter.com/CHfQICfj4J
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 8, 2017