Trump to Nominate FL State Representative Carlos Trujillo to be OAS Ambassador

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On October 26, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Carlos Trujillo, a Florida State Representative to be the next U.S. Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS). The WH released the following brief bio:

Carlos Trujillo of Florida to be the Permanent Representative of the United States to the Organization of American States with the rank of Ambassador. Mr. Trujillo has been the Florida State Representative for the 105th District in the Florida House of Representatives, Tallahassee, Florida since 2010.  An attorney, he simultaneously has been the Founding Partner of Trujillo, Vargas, Gonzalez and Hevia LLP since 2011 and President of Carlos Trujillo, PA, since 2007.  Previously, he served as a Florida Assistant State Attorney at the Miami Dade County State Attorney’s Office in Miami from 2007 to 2011.  He also has been a Board Member of the Public Health Trust of Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.  Mr. Trujillo earned a B.S. from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama and a J.D. from Florida State College of Law in Tallahassee.  He speaks fluent Spanish.

The Chief of Mission has the title of Permanent Representative of the U.S.A. to the Organization of American States, with the rank of Ambassador; until April 12, 1971, this position was also Representative of the U.S.A. on the Council of the Organization of American States, with the rank of Ambassador.

If confirmed, Mr. Trujillo would succeed noncareer appointee Carmen L. Lomellin who served from 2009–2016 according to history.state.gov.  Mari Del Carmen Aponte was nominated for this position on July 31, 2014, but the nomination was not acted upon by the Senate. She was re-nominated on July 8, 2015, and the nomination was not acted upon and eventually was returned to President Obama on January 3, 2017.

The last career appointee to this position was John F. Maisto who was previously U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua and Venezuela prior to his appointment to the OAS. He served as Permanent Representative of the U.S.A. to the Organization of American States (Washington) from 2003 to 2006.

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#ThrowbackThursday: President Nixon Upset By Press Reports on @StateDept Appointments

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Via history.state.gov:

In his diary entry for February 1, Haldeman wrote the following: “Session in afternoon with K[issinger] and Harlow, mainly about ambassadors and key appointments. [President] upset by press reports that he’s not changing people, especially in State. Ordered me to have resignations of all non-career ambassadors and all LBJ political appointees on his desk Monday. Said he’ll write them and ‘accept resignation with pleasure.’ Feels we haven’t done enough to get in good new people that are ours. He’s right. Problem is need to deal with Democratic Congress, and P isn’t tough enough with his Cabinet officers. Won’t make them fire incumbents and/or take our political recommendations. Ehrlichman now in charge of this, we’ll see how he can produce.” (The Haldeman Diaries: Multimedia Edition)

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Trump Economic Adviser Carla Sands to be U.S. Ambassador to Denmark

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On September 7, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Carla Sands as the next U.S. Ambassador to Denmark. The WH released the following brief bio:

Carla Sands of California to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Denmark. Ms. Sands has been the Chairman of Vintage Capital Group, L.L.C in Los Angeles since 2015; a company recognized by real estate industry as a professional, ethical and highly successful real estate firm. She is also a doctor of chiropractic and has been a television and film actress. Ms. Sands is a leader in the non-profit sector, working with organizations to improve the lives of children and the underprivileged. Demonstrating her commitment to improving education, she has served as a Board Member of Pepperdine University. In addition, Ms. Sands has served on the boards of organizations supporting the arts and culture. Ms. Sands earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College, Marietta, Georgia.

A mored detailed biography is available here via Vintage Capital Group.

Ballotpedia notes that Carla Sands was a district-level delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention from California.  In summer 2016, she was named as one of Trump’s economic advisers. OpenSecrets.org lists her as one of Trump’s 250 donors who shelled out $100k or more for Trump’s inauguration.

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Nomination: Ex-Congressman Peter Hoekstra to be U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands

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Trump to Nominate Former L.A. Dodgers Co-Owner Jamie McCourt to be Ambassador to Belgium

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On June 22, President Trump announced his intent to nominate former L.A. Dodgers co-owner Jamie McCourt to be the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium. The WH released a very brief bio:

Jamie McCourt of California to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Belgium. Ms. McCourt, a prominent entrepreneur and attorney, has founded and directed leading entrepreneurial enterprises in Los Angeles and Boston, most recently Jamie M, LLC. She was co-owner and former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Dodgers. She also served as an Adjunct Professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Ms. McCourt earned a B.S. from Georgetown University, a J.D. from University of Maryland School of Law, and a M.S. from MIT/Sloan School of Management. She speaks French.

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Trump to Nominate New York Jets Owner Woody Johnson to be U.S. Ambassador to the U.K.

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On June 22, President Trump officially announced the long-rumored nomination of New York Jets owner Woody Johnson to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

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Trump to Nominate George E. Glass to be U.S. Ambassador to Portugal

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On June 17, President Trump announced his intent to nominate George E. Glass to be U.S. Ambassador to Portugal. The WH released the following brief bio:

George Edward Glass of Oregon to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Portuguese Republic.Mr. Glass has been Owner & Managing Partner since 2015 of MGG Development LLC in Lake Oswego, Oregon, a commercial enterprise that purchases and operates apartment complexes and rental homes. He was Founder, President and Vice Chairman of Pacific Crest Securities in Portland, Oregon from 1990 to 2014. Mr. Glass is a trustee for Oregon Health Sciences University and was formerly a trustee for the University of Oregon. He has served on numerous private and public boards and advisory councils. Mr. Glass earned a B.S. from the University of Oregon.

The following via Bloomberg:

George E. Glass is a Vice Chairman and President at Pacific Crest Securities Inc. George Glass oversees Pacific Crest’s sales and trading activities. Mr. Glass is a member of Pacific Crest’s Commitment Committee and sits on the firm’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining Pacific Crest, Mr. Glass was with U.S. National Bank where he specialized in the areas of securities trading, and institutional sales. He currently serves as a trustee for the University of Oregon. Mr. Glass received a BS from the University of Oregon.

 

Hey, folks remember a George Glass from The Brady Bunch …

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K.T. McFarland: From the National Security Council to U.S. Embassy Singapore

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On May 19, President Trump announced his intent to nominate K.T. McFarland to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Singapore. The nomination was received by the Senate on June 15 and was referred (PN605) to the Committee on Foreign Relations for consideration. No confirmation hearing has been scheduled as of this writing.

Below is the WH statement on McFarland’s nomination:

President Donald J. Trump announces his intention to nominate Kathleen Troia (“K.T.”) McFarland to be the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore. Ms. McFarland currently serves as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor. As a highly-respected national security professional, Ms. McFarland has provided extensive analysis for Fox News. She served in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations on the National Security Council, and in the Department of Defense before joining the Trump Administration.

“I am pleased to nominate K.T. McFarland to be Ambassador to Singapore, one of America’s great allies,” President Trump said. ”While I am sorry to lose her, K.T.’s work in developing policies that put American interests first will have a lasting impact. She will remain an essential team member as she fulfills this new and important role.”

“K.T. provided essential and steadfast leadership during this transition,” said Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s National Security Advisor. ”She initiated and laid the foundation of the first strategic policy reviews that the NSC will continue to build upon. K.T. is leaving a great team in place to support the President, and our friends in Singapore know they are getting one of his top aides as their American ambassador.”

”I am honored by President Trump’s trust in me,” Ms. McFarland said. ”It’s been an incredible experience to serve here in the White House during his early months in office, and now I’m looking forward to implementing his policy with one of our key allies in Asia. I wish all my colleagues the very best, especially Lieutenant General McMaster, and I look forward to continuing to coordinate closely with them from my new perch in Singapore.”

McFarland’s successor at the NSC is Dr. Rick Waddell. Dr. Waddell spent 17 years working in the private sector in South America, living 12 of those years in Sao Paulo. Dr. Waddell, who is also a Major General in the U.S. Army Reserve, most recently commanded the 76th Division (Operational Response), an organization responsible for protecting the United States homeland. Dr. Waddell served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. A Rhodes Scholar and author of three books, Dr. Waddell holds a PhD in International Relations from Columbia, an MA in History and Portuguese from Oxford, and a BS from West Point.

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Trump to Nominate Ex-RNC Co-Chair Sharon Day to be Ambassador to Costa Rica

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Trump to Nominate Kelly Knight Craft to be U.S. Ambassador to Canada

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