The White House announced the president’s intent to nominate handbag designer and Mar-a-Lago member Lana Marks to be his ambassador to South Africa. If confirmed, she would replaced Patrick Gaspard who served as Ambassador to Pretoria from 2013-2016. The last career diplomat appointed as Ambassador to South Africa was Cameron R. Hume who served from 2001-2004.
Prior appointees to this position also include Donald Gips who previously served as Vice President Al Gore’s Chief Domestic Policy Advisor; career diplomat and three-time Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman; and career diplomat and four-time Ambassador Edward Joseph Perkins,
New: Trump nominates handbag entrepreneur (and Mar-a-Lago member) Lana Marks to be his ambassador to South Africa. Marks is the 4th Mar-a-Lago member Trump has recruited to serve as a U.S. ambassador. https://t.co/Z9fkRM1Jzg pic.twitter.com/PMjq42IUEP
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) November 14, 2018
— Elizabeth Yuan (@baoyuan) November 15, 2018
This would be the 4th Mar-a-Lago member–aka paying customer–Trump has nominated for an ambassadorship.https://t.co/NGVDU6xORV
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) October 22, 2018
Meet the woman President Trump just named as the new US ambassador to
South Africa (this story was written before it was official) https://t.co/mj0OsmkGGU
— Tony Cavin (@TCavin) November 14, 2018
Here's everything you need to know about Lana Marks, the Palm Beach handbag designer President Trump might nominate as an ambassador. https://t.co/4I9p39xe1O
— W magazine (@wmag) October 23, 2018
Lived in S Africa a third of my life; studied at Wits Univ; spoke fluent Xhosa; passed the Hoërtaalbond Eksamen in Afrikaans; background in SA political, economic, social & media landscape; businesswoman for 30 years; mom for 37 years; wife for 42 years; ninja, forever!!
— LANA MARKS (@LanaMarks) October 21, 2018
On November 13, the White House announced the president’s intent to nominate retired U.S. Army four-star General John P. Abizaid to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The WH released the following brief bio:
John P. Abizaid of Nevada, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
General Abizaid currently serves as the first Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and works as a private consultant at JPA Associates. Previously, he held the Distinguished Chair of the Combating Terrorism Center at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has worked with the Preventative Defense Project at Stanford University and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. General Abizaid began his career in the U.S. Army as an infantry platoon leader and rose to become a four-star general and the longest serving commander of United States Central Command. He served as the Director of Strategic Plans and Policy on the Joint Staff and then Director of the Joint Staff among other leadership positions. General Abizaid was a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and earned his M.A. in Middle Eastern Area Studies from Harvard University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. General Abizaid is a recipient of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star.
If confirmed, General Abizaid would succeed Joseph William Westphal (1948–) who was Ambassador to the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh from March 28, 2014–January 9, 2017. Ambassador appointments to Saudi Arabia going back to the mid-1990’s have all been noncareer political appointees. The last career diplomat appointed as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia was Charles W. Freeman Jr. who served from 1990-1992 under George H. W. Bush.
New: After nearly two years in office, President Trump has finally announced the nomination of an ambassador to Saudi Arabia: John Abizaid, a former US Army general and current visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution
— Robbie Gramer (@RobbieGramer) November 13, 2018
If confirmed as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, John Abizaid would fill a key diplomatic vacancy at a time of tense U.S.-Saudi relations over the slaying of a journalist critical of the Saudi royal family. https://t.co/rP47Bl4s4E
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) November 14, 2018
John Abizaid would take up the posting in Saudi Arabia at a time when U.S. ties with the kingdom are strained by the killing of Jamal Khashoggi https://t.co/a1L814EZy3
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) November 14, 2018
Trump nominates Abizaid as US Ambassador to Saudi signaling it will be business as usual plus. Would be a good move if it suggested adult supervision and limiting of Kushner role. https://t.co/VjQdhdeCTX rump nominates Abizaid as US Ambassador
— Aaron David Miller (@aarondmiller2) November 14, 2018
— Diplopundit (@Diplopundit) November 14, 2018
On November 5, the White House announced the president’s intent to nominate Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr., to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Australia. The WH released the following brief bio:
Arthur B. Culvahouse, Jr., of Tennessee, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Commonwealth of Australia.
Mr. Culvahouse is Chair Emeritus and Of Counsel to O’Melveny & Myers LLP, an international law firm. Previously, he served as Chair of the firm. He started his career as Chief Legislative Assistant to Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr., and served as Counsel to the President of the United States from March 1987 through January 1989. Mr. Culvahouse served on numerous boards and commissions, including the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, the Intelligence Oversight Board, the Nuclear Command and Control System Federal Advisory Committee, and the Supreme Court Fellows Commission. He currently serves as a member of the Board of The Brookings Institution and the Board of the Howard H. Baker, Jr., Center for Public Policy. Mr. Culvahouse earned a B.S. from the University of Tennessee and J.D. from the New York University School of Law. In January 1989, President Reagan awarded Mr. Culvahouse the Presidential Citizens Medal, and, in December 1992, Secretary of Defense Cheney awarded him the Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.
President Trump nominated a Republican lawyer to become the United States ambassador to Australia, filling the long vacant post https://t.co/KkrQujk5DZ
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 8, 2018
Trump’s Pick for New Ambassador a Good Fit for US–Australia Alliance – Michael Shoebridge – ASPI's The Strategist – "Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. has been nominated by Donald Trump to be the new U.S. ambassador to Australia…" https://t.co/clxRKscNZ0 pic.twitter.com/rmefmlvHc6
— Small Wars Journal (@smallwars) November 8, 2018
— Peter Clarke (@MediaActive) November 6, 2018
Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr, who is vetting Trump's VP candidates, also vetted Sarah Palin https://t.co/2JgjvhkNjs
— Jose A. Del Real (@jdelreal) June 30, 2016
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) July 11, 2016
The White House announced the president’s intent to nominate James Gilmore, the former Governor of Virginia to be the next Ambassador to the OSCE. The WH released a brief bio:
James S. Gilmore of Virginia, to be the Representative of the United States to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe with the Rank of Ambassador.
Mr. Gilmore currently serves as President and CEO of American Opportunity Foundation. Previously, he served as Governor of Virginia, Attorney General of Virginia, and as Chairman of the Congressional Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction, a national panel established by Congress to assess Federal, State, and local government capabilities to respond to the consequences of a terrorist attack. Mr. Gilmore served in the United States Army for three years, where he was assigned to United States Army Intelligence in West Germany. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia School of Law. Mr. Gilmore is the recipient of the Air Force Exceptional Service Award and the Joint Service Commendation Medal for Service to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Congratulations, Governor Gilmore.
Great job working with great people. Let me know if/how I can be helpful when the time comes. https://t.co/0EHMj3whJv
— Daniel Baer (@danbbaer) November 8, 2018
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) April 3, 2017
— POLITICO (@politico) September 9, 2016
With great pleasure, I officially welcome our new @WHAAsstSecty, Kimberly Breier. Kim will be an outstanding partner to make sure the American people’s interests are well-served in the Western Hemisphere, a region with special importance to the prosperity and security of the U.S. pic.twitter.com/fpfAtOtueI
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) November 7, 2018
— Bosco Marti (@BoscoMarti) November 7, 2018
Saludos del Embajador José Tomás Pérez y la Señora Kimberly Breier, nueva Subsecretaria para el Hemisferio Occidental del Departamento de Estado, en Ceremonia de Juramento de parte del Secretario de Estado de EEUU, Mike Pompeo. @josetomasperezv @MIREXRD @PresidenciaRD pic.twitter.com/dZZ6gmi07k
— DominicanEmbassy (@DREmbassy) November 7, 2018
During Tillerson’s brief tenure at the State Department, there was quite a shock when a large number of offices at the top of the State Department were left empty. We’re not sure if that was intentional (so control remains with the Secretary’s inner circle absent the presidential appointees), or if this was because Tillerson and the White House could not agree on the same nominees for these offices. In some cases there were career diplomats appointed in acting capacities, in others, there were only senior bureau officials. We’re almost at the two year mark of this administration, and the State Department is already on its second secretary of state in a four year term, so we’ve decided to take a look at the geographic bureau appointments. For non-State readers, note that embassies do not report directly to the secretary of state, just as ambassadors do not report directly to the White House; they report through the geographic bureaus. Of course, these days, the traditional reporting structure seems to be breaking apart (which invite chaos), but the staffing is worth taking a look nonetheless.
According to AFSA’s appointment tracker, out of 49 total appointments at the top ranks of the State Department right now, only five are career appointees. The five appointments include three active Foreign Service officers, U/S Political Affairs David Hale (confirmed), Carol Z. Perez as DGHR (nominated, pending confirmation) and USAID’s Michael T. Harvey as Assistant Administrator, Middle East (nominated, pending confirmation). The other two are recalled retired FSOs Tibor Nagy, Jr. for African Affairs (confirmed), and Ronald Mortensen for Population, Refugees and Migration (nominated, pending confirmation). There are also two previous members of the Foreign Service (Diplomatic Security’s Michael Evanoff and Consular Affairs’ Carl Risch) who were two of Trump’s earliest appointees but are considered political appointees.
Going back to 1960, the European and Eurasian Affairs (70.6%), Near Eastern Affairs (85.7%), and African Affairs (53.8%) have the highest numbers of career appointees at the assistant secretary level. The largest number of noncareer appointees in the geographic bureaus are in International Organizational Affairs (23.1%) followed by East Asian And Pacific Affairs (42.9%). South and Central Asian Affairs (50.0%) and Western Hemisphere Affairs (50.0%) are split in the middle between career and noncareer appointees.
During Obama’s first term, the assistant secretary appointments at the regional bureaus was 57% noncareer and 42% career. On his second term, this flipped with career appointees leading four of the seven bureaus.
George W. Bush made a total of 19 appointments (career-8; noncareer-11) in the geographic bureaus during his two terms in office. This translates to 57.8% noncareer and 42.1% career appointments.
Right now, Trump’s overall State Department appointments are 89.8% noncareer and only 10.2% career appointees. His career appointments in the geographic bureaus is currently at 1 out of 7. We do need to point out that with the exception of African Affairs (AF) where the appointee is a recalled retired FSO, there are no active service diplomats tasked with leading a geographic bureau in Foggy Bottom. It is possible that this Administration will bring in a career diplomat to head the South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA) bureau, but then again, if they have not found one before now, who’s to say that they will ever find a career diplomat that they like enough to nominate in the next two years?
Of course, everything’s fine. It’s not like we have an ongoing war in Afghanistan, yeah?
Below is the staffing/vacancy status of assistant secretaries at the geographic bureaus as of this writing.
CURRENT Assistant Secretary: Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. (2018-
- Linda Thomas-Greenfield (2013-2017) Career (Obama)
- Johnnie Carson (2009–2013) Career (Obama)
- Jendayi Elizabeth Frazer (2005–2009) NonCareer (GWBush)
- Constance Berry Newman (2004–2005) NonCareer (GWBush)
- Walter Kansteiner (2001–2003) NonCareer (GWBush)
- Susan Rice (1997–2001) NonCareer (Clinton)
- George Edward Moose (1993–1997) Career (Clinton)
- Herman Jay Cohen (1989–1993) Career (GHWBush)
- Chester A. Crocker (1981–1989) NonCareer (Reagan)
- Richard Menifee Moose (1977–1981) NonCareer (Carter)
East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP): Click here for the countries covered by the bureau. Department website notes that “The Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, headed by Senior Bureau Official W. Patrick Murphy deals with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. relations with the countries in the Asia-Pacific region.”
CURRENT: No Acting Assistant Secretary
NOMINATED: David Stilwell (NonCareer/Pending at SFRC)
- Daniel R. Russel (2013-2017) Career (Obama)
- Kurt M. Campbell (2009–2013) NonCareer (Obama)
- Christopher Robert Hill (2005–2009) Career (GWBush)
- James Andrew Kelly (2001–2005) NonCareer (GWBush)
- Stanley Owen Roth (1997–2001) NonCareer (Clinton)
- Winston Lord (1993–1997) NonCareer (Clinton) (Note: listed as “career” by history.state.gov but is a noncareer appointee; he joined the FS in 1961 and left in 1967; PDF))
- William Clark Jr. (1992–1993) Career (GHWBush)
- Richard H. Solomon (1989–1992) NonCareer (Reagan)
- Gaston Joseph Sigur Jr. (1986–1989) NonCareer (Reagan)
- Paul Dundes Wolfowitz (1982–1986) NonCareer (Reagan)
European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR): The Department of State established the position of Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs in 1949. The name changed to the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs on August 8, 2001. The bureau covers these countries.
- Victoria Nuland (2013–2017) Career (Obama)
- Philip H. Gordon (2009–2013) NonCareer (Obama)
- Daniel Fried (2005–2009) Career (GWBush)
- A. Elizabeth Jones (2001–2005) Career (GWBush)
- James F. Dobbins (2001) Career (Clinton)
- Marc Isaiah Grossman (1997–2000) Career (Clinton)
- John Christian Kornblum (1996–1997) Career (Clinton)
- Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke (1994–1996) NonCareer (Clinton)
- Stephen A. Oxman (1993–1994) NonCareer (Clinton)
- Thomas Michael Tolliver Niles (1991–1993) Career (Clinton)
Near Eastern Affairs (NEA): The Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) deals with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. diplomatic relations with Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Regional policy issues that NEA handles include Iraq, Middle East peace, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, and political and economic reform
CURRENT: Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs
David M. Satterfield (Career FSO)
NOMINATED David Schenker
(NonCareer/Pending at SFRC since 4/2018)
- Anne Woods Patterson (2013–2017) Career (Obama)
- Jeffrey David Feltman (2009–2012) Career (Obama)
- C. David Welch (2005–2008) Career (GWBush)
- William Joseph Burns (2001–2005) Career (GWBush)
- Edward S. Walker Jr. (2000–2001) Career (Clinton)
- Martin S. Indyk (1997–1999) NonCareer (Clinton)
- Robert Halsey Pelletreau Jr. (1994–1997) Career (Clinton)
- Edward Peter Djerejian (1991–1993) Career (Clinton)
- John Hubert Kelly (1989–1991) Career (GHWBush)
- Richard William Murphy (1983–1989) Career (GHWBush)
South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA): The Bureau of South Asian Affairs was established Aug 24, 1992, and is responsible for relations with India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and the Maldive Islands. It has since expanded to cover these countries.
CURRENT: No Acting Assistant Secretary
NO NOMINEE ANNOUNCED
- Nisha Desai Biswal (2014–2017) NonCareer (Obama)
- Robert Orris Blake Jr. (2009–2013) Career (Obama)
- Richard A. Boucher (2006–2009) Career (GWBush)
- Christina B. Rocca (2001–2006) NonCareer (GWBush)
- Karl Frederick Inderfurth (1997–2001) NonCareer (Clinton)
- Robin Lynn Raphel (1993–1997) Career (Clinton)
Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA): On January 12, 1999, the Bureau assumed responsibility for Canada and was renamed the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. The Department of State had first established a Division of Latin American Affairs in 1909. The bureau covers these countries.
CURRENT Assistant Secretary: Kimberly Breier (2018-)
- Roberta S. Jacobson (2012–2016) NonCareer (CS) (Obama)
- Arturo Valenzuela (2009–2011) NonCareer (Obama)
- Thomas Alfred Shannon Jr. (2005–2009) Career (GWBush)
- Roger Francisco Noriega (2003–2005) NonCareer (GWBush)
- Otto Juan Reich (2002) NonCareer (GWBush)
- Peter F. Romero (2001) Career (GWBush)
- Jeffrey S. Davidow (1996–1998) Career (Clinton)
- Alexander Fletcher Watson (1993–1996) Career (Clinton)
- Bernard William Aronson (1989–1993) NonCareer (HWBush)
- Elliott Abrams (1985–1989) NonCareer (Reagan)
International Organization Affairs (IO): The Department of State created the position of Assistant Secretary of State for United Nations Affairs in February 1949, using one of the six Assistant secretary positions originally authorized by Congress in 1944 (Dec 8, 1944; P.L. 78-472; 58 Stat. 798). On June 24, 1949, Secretary of State Dean Acheson established the Bureau of International Organization Affairs (IO) as part of the U.S. effort to meet the needs of post-World War II diplomacy. IO is the U.S. Government’s primary interlocutor with the United Nations and a host of international agencies and organizations.
CURRENT Assistant Secretary: Kevin Edward Moley (2018-)
- Bathsheba Nell Crocker (2014–2017) NonCareer (Obama)
- Esther Brimmer (2009–2013) NonCareer (Obama)
- Brian H. Hook (2008–2009) NonCareer (GWBush)
- Kristen Silverberg (2005–2008) NonCareer (GWBush)
- Kim R. Holmes (2002–2005) NonCareer (GWBush)
- C. David Welch (1998–2001) Career (Clinton)
- Princeton Nathan Lyman (1997–1998) Career (Clinton)
- Douglas Joseph Bennet Jr. (1993–1995) NonCareer (Clinton)
- John R. Bolton (1989–1993) NonCareer (GHWBush)
- Richard Salisbury Williamson (1988–1989) NonCareer (Reagan)
On October 22, the White House announced the President’s intent to nominate Ohio businessman Edward F. Crawford to be the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. The WH released the following brief bio:
Edward F. Crawford of Ohio, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Ireland.
Mr. Crawford currently serves as Chairman and CEO of The Edward Crawford Group and Park-Ohio Industries, Inc. He is the recipient of the Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame Entrepreneurial Award, Small Business News Master Innovator Award, Ernst & Young Northeast Ohio Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the Small Business Administration Man of the Year-Ohio Award. He served in the Specialist Aviation Company, 107th Armored Cavalry, Army National Guard, and attended John Carroll University.
More details from the Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland here: https://clevelandmayosociety.org/edward-f-crawford/
If confirmed, he would succeed another political appointee Kevin F. O’Malley who served from 2014-2017. Career diplomat Reece Smyth who was assigned as Deputy Chief of Mission to Dublin in 2016 assumed duties as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy on January 20th, 2017 after the departure of Ambassador O’Malley.
— U.S. Embassy Dublin (@USEmbassyDublin) October 23, 2018
Congratulations to Edward Crawford on his nomination as the US Ambassador to Ireland. The many Irish in his home city of Cleveland will be happy to hear this news. https://t.co/05RpvajQpO
— Daniel Mulhall (@DanMulhall) October 23, 2018
— Gavin McDonald (@OHSmallBz) July 14, 2016
Edward Crawford was a big fundraiser for Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, helping him to win Ohio, a key battleground state in the race for the White Househttps://t.co/bViHPtJan8 via @IrishTimes
— Brian Kilmartin (@BKilmartinIT) September 12, 2018
Donald Trump has announced his intention to nominate Ohio businessman Edward Crawford to be the next American Ambassador to Ireland https://t.co/sjfsBNo7Zh
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) October 23, 2018
On October 17, the WH announced the President’s intent to nominate Air Force veteran David Stilwell to be the next Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP). The WH released the following brief bio:
David Stilwell of Hawaii, to be an Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State.
Mr. Stilwell is an Air Force veteran with more than 35 years of experience as a pilot, commander, and Korean linguist. He retired in 2015 with the rank of Brigadier General. Currently, Mr. Stilwell is the Director of the China Strategic Focus Group at the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Headquarters in Hawaii and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Previously, he served as Staff Officer for Joint Staff Plans and Policy (Asia) at the Pentagon and Defense Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Mr. Stillwell earned his B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and M.A. degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, U.S. Air Command and Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. He is the recipient of the Department of Defense Superior Service Award and speaks Korean, Chinese, and limited Japanese.
In December 2017, WH nominated career diplomat Susan Thorton to be A/S for EAP (see Career Diplomat Susan A. Thornton to be Asst Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP)). Her nomination became one more casualty of politics, particularly following the departure of former Secretary Tillerson. In July this year, she announced her retirement after a 27-year career with the U.S. Foreign Service (see Former State Department diplomat settles on historic Maine farm).
If confirmed, General Stilwell would succeed Daniel R. Russel who served from 2013 to 2017. Other prior appointees to this position include Winston Lord (1993–1997); Paul D. Wolfowitz (1982–1986); Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke (1977–1981); William Averell Harriman (1961–1963), and David Dean Rusk (1950–1951) to name a few.
Brigadier General David Stilwell, who reportedly views China as a strategic competitor of the U.S., is considered to be the likely replacement for outgoing Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton. https://t.co/SQ0wsD1tZj
— Taiwan Security Research 臺灣安全研究 (@taiwan_security) July 21, 2018
The nomination of an ex-Air Force General to be the next Assistant Secretary for EAP at State is a triple slap: first, Susan Thornton was qualified; second, it is another non-career pick; third, it militarizes diplomacy further. “Swagger,” my ass @SecPompeo
— james gibney (@jamesgibney) October 17, 2018
Kenneth A. Howery of Texas, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Sweden.
Mr. Howery is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur specializing in creating and funding technology companies. He is a co-founder of and partner at Founders Fund, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm. Prior to Founders Fund, Mr. Howery co-founded PayPal, where he served as the company’s first Chief Financial Officer. Additionally, he is a founding advisor to Kiva.org, a non-profit group that helps develop the next generation of global entrepreneurs. Mr. Howery earned his B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.
His official bio from the Founders Fund is here. You might also want to check out this 2016 piece from Ivy Magazine, Behind the Scenes With PayPal Co-Founder Ken Howery.
If confirmed, Mr. Howery would succeed banker and philanthropist, Azita Raji who served as chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy Stockholm from March 2016 to January 2017. Previous appointees to the U.S. Embassy in Sweden includes lawyer, Mark Brzezinski and business executive, Matthew Barzun. According to AFSA’s tracker, only three ambassadors appointed as chief of mission to Sweden had been career diplomats; 83.3% of ambassadors appointed to Stockholm (15 in actual number) since 1960 were non-career appointees.
Trump picks PayPal co-founder and Founders Fund partner Ken Howery as U.S. ambassador to Sweden https://t.co/5KXrnO4gze
— Bloomberg (@business) October 17, 2018
(2) Howery is closely linked with PayPal co-founder and Libertarian Peter Thiel, who himself has close links to Trump. This Guardian piece outlines Thiel's (and Howery's) conservative networks. https://t.co/jC6CnCYhxu
— Christian Christensen (@ChrChristensen) October 16, 2018
— Ken Howery (@KenHowery) July 30, 2014