I'm excited to welcome Robert A. Destro as our new @StateDRL Assistant Secretary. His domestic and international advocacy experience will strengthen our efforts to promote respect for #HumanRights and fundamental freedoms as central objectives of our foreign policy. pic.twitter.com/F1DCBwW4wk
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 21, 2019
— US Embassy in Sweden (@usembassysweden) September 17, 2019
We are pleased to announce the confirmation of Ambassador John Rakolta, Jr. of Michigan as United States Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
— US Mission to UAE (@USAinUAE) September 17, 2019
On September 12, new USUN Ambassador Kelly Craft presented her credentials to the UN Secretary General. The U.S. Senate confirmed her as US Ambassador to the United Nations in a 56-33 vote on July 31, 2019. On September 10, she was also confirmed to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA) during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations in a 56-38 vote.
The 74th session of the General Assembly opens on Tuesday, 17 September 2019. For more information, see the Provisional Agenda of the Session. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 24 September 2019.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 12, 2019
Congratulations to @USAmbUN who was sworn in last night in the Oval Office by @VP after intro by @POTUS…We are proud to have this wise and gracious Kentuckian representing our nation on the world stage… 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/PkKNqn9pPk
— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) September 11, 2019
.@USAmbUN #KellyCraft addressed journalists today to underscore America’s unwavering commitment to peace, freedom, and human rights. As @POTUS's emissary to the @UN, Ambassador Craft will reinforce his bold leadership on the global stage. pic.twitter.com/tX2Rwj9p6y
— U.S. Mission to the UN (@USUN) September 12, 2019
Watch as history is made.
— United Nations (@UN) September 7, 2019
Confirmed, 56-34: Executive Calendar #402 Kelly Craft to be the Representative of the U.S. to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador, and the Representative of the U.S. in the Security Council of the United Nations
— Senate Cloakroom (@SenateCloakroom) July 31, 2019
Senate past votes on US Amb to UN:
Kelly Craft (2019) 56-34
Nikki Haley (2017) 96-4
Samantha Power (2013) 87-10
Susan Rice (2009) Voice Vote
Zalmay Khalilzad (2007) Voice Vote
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) July 31, 2019
The democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just released a rather blistering assessment of Kelly Craft ahead of her confirmation vote https://t.co/9DuOj8yYz7
— Mark Leon Goldberg (@MarkLGoldberg) July 31, 2019
Congratulations to newly confirmed U.S. Representative to the @UN, Ambassador Kelly Craft. We look forward to welcoming you to NYC, and supporting your key agenda items, like UN reform, humanitarian aid, and public-private partnerships. https://t.co/qZFIo9K9Bl
— US Mission to the UN (@USUN) August 1, 2019
The Senate just confirmed @POTUS's impressive nominee for the critical role of @USUN Ambassador: Kelly Knight Craft of #Kentucky. I’m confident our entire nation will be proud of the fine service she will render as our Ambassador to the United Nations. pic.twitter.com/8yZTeICXW0
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) July 31, 2019
On June 5, the U.S. Senate confirmed David Schenker, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (NEA). He was confirmed by Yea-Nay Vote. 83 – 11.
Below via the Washington Institute:
David Schenker was the Aufzien fellow and director of the Beth and David Geduld Program on Arab Politics at The Washington Institute, a position he held until being confirmed as assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs in June 2019. Previously, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Levant country director, the Pentagon’s top policy aide on the Arab countries of the Levant. In that capacity, he was responsible for advising the secretary and other senior Pentagon leadership on the military and political affairs of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories. He was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service in 2005.
Prior to joining the government, Mr. Schenker was a research fellow at The Washington Institute, focusing on Arab governance issues and a project coordinator a Bethesda-based contractor of large, centrally-funded USAID projects in Egypt and Jordan. In addition, he authored two Institute books: Dancing with Saddam: The Strategic Tango of Jordanian-Iraqi Relations (copublished with Lexington Books, 2003) and Palestinian Democracy and Governance: An Appraisal of the Legislative Council (2001). More recently, he published a chapter on U.S.-Lebanese relations in Lebanon: Liberation, Conflict, and Crisis (Palgrave, 2009), and Egypt’s Enduring Challenges (2011), a monograph focusing on post-Mubarak Egypt. His writings on Arab affairs have also appeared in a number of prominent scholarly journals and newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Jerusalem Post.
M.A., University of Michigan; Certificate, Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA), American University in Cairo; B.A., University of Vermont. Fluent in Arabic.
Mr. Schenker succeeds Ambassador Anne Woods Patterson who served as bureau chief from 2013–2017. He takes over from Ambassador David Satterfield who has been Acting Assistant Secretary for NEA since September 2017. Ambassador Satterfield was announced as the President’s pick to be Ambassador to Turkey in February 2019. His nomination was placed on the Senate Executive Calendar on May 2, 2019, and he is currently waiting for a full Senate vote.
The following State Department and USAID nominees were confirmed by the full Senate on May 23, 2019.
2019-05-23 PN598 MACEDONIA | Kate Marie Byrnes, of Florida, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of North Macedonia.
2019-05-23 PN122 ECUADOR | Michael J. Fitzpatrick, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Ecuador.
2019-05-23 PN520 SLOVAK REPUBLIC | Bridget A. Brink, of Michigan, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Slovak Republic.
2019-05-23 PN521 ACBO VERDE | John Jefferson Daigle, of Louisiana, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Cabo Verde.
2019-05-23 PN522 TURKMENISTAN | Matthew S. Klimow, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Executive Service, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Turkmenistan.
2019-05-23 PN126 ICELAND | Jeffrey Ross Gunter, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Iceland.
2019-05-23 PN124 OSCE | James S. Gilmore, of Virginia, to be U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, with the rank of Ambassador.
FOREIGN SERVICE LISTS
2019-05-23 PN519 Foreign Service | Nominations beginning Kenneth H. Merten, and ending Kevin M. Whitaker, which 7 nominations were received by the Senate and appeared in the Congressional Record on March 25, 2019.
2019-05-23 PN604 Foreign Service | Nomination for Lisa Anne Rigoli, which nomination was received by the Senate and appeared in the Congressional Record on April 10, 2019.
2019-05-23 PN607 Foreign Service | Nominations beginning Timothy Ryan Harrison, and ending Rachel Lynne Vanderberg, which 5 nominations were received by the Senate and appeared in the Congressional Record on April 10, 2019.
2019-05-23 PN101 | Richard C. Parker, of North Carolina, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.
2019-05-23 PN105 | John Barsa, of Florida, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.
Confirmed, 92-5; Executive Calendar #221, Brian J. Bulatao, of Texas, to be an Under Secretary of State (Management).
— Floor Monitor (@senategopfloor) May 16, 2019
92-5: Senate confirms Brian Bulatao to be Under Secretary of State for Management. Senators Blumenthal, Hirono, Markey, Sanders & Warren voted No. He served as CIA COO under then-Dir Mike Pompeo and was first nominated to State Dept leadership post by President Trump last June.
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) May 16, 2019
Senate today confirmed @StateDept COO Brian Bulatao, @SecPompeo 's right-hand man at CIA and fellow West-Point Grad after his nomination languished for 9 months —–> Senate Nuke Option Priorities Leave Some Nominees Hanging https://t.co/pToAToMerC
— Susan Crabtree (@susancrabtree) May 16, 2019
Confirmed by Voice Vote: Executive Calendar #185 Matthew Tueller to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the Republic of Iraq @StateDept
— Senate Cloakroom (@SenateCloakroom) May 16, 2019
While in Iraq, I was impressed with the U.S. leadership on the ground. I shared my optimism for the additional leadership that would come upon the confirmation of Utah’s own Matthew Tueller as the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq. Congratulations on your confirmation tonight, Ambassador. pic.twitter.com/GuX0nwwBFd
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) May 16, 2019
VP awarded Matthew Tueller memorial shield in recognition of his great efforts he made during his mission as a U.S. Amb. to Yemen and his role in fostering cooperative relashinship between Yemen and United States. pic.twitter.com/VhoLRHrLZT
— علي محسن صالح الأحمر (@alimohsnalahmar) May 2, 2019
On April 11, the U.S. Senate confirmed the following State Department nominations.
2019-04-11 PN138 Uzbekistan
Daniel N. Rosenblum, of Maryland, a Career Member of the Senior Executive Service, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Uzbekistan.
2019-04-11 PN263 Malawi
Robert K. Scott, of Maryland, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Malawi.
2019-04-10 PN103 Saudi Arabia
John P. Abizaid, of Nevada, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
2019-04-11 PN144 UN/FAO
Kip Tom, of Indiana, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture.
For a list of nominees cleared by SFRC and awaiting full Senate confirmation, please click here.
Senate overwhelmingly approves retired Gen. John Abizaid as Trump's lead diplomat to Saudi Arabia https://t.co/HKxrb7eAq1 (Washington Examiner)
— U.S. Senate News (@SenateNews) April 10, 2019