Posted: 3:07 am ET
So K.T. McFarland is not going to Singapore. The White House sent its renomination of this candidate to the Senate on January 8, 2018. Last week, Ms. McFarland officially withdrew her name from consideration.
- White House Sends @StateDept Renominations to the Senate
- Senate Requires the Renomination of @StateDept Nominees Stalled in 2017
- SFRC Clears Ueland, Ford, Poblete, Evans, Braithwaite, McClenny, Bierman, and More
- July 20 SFRC Hearing: Kathleen Troia McFarland to be U.S. Ambassador to Singapore
- K.T. McFarland: From the National Security Council to U.S. Embassy Singapore
Trump statement: "I am disappointed that K.T. McFarland has withdrawn from consideration to be Ambassador to Singapore."
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 2, 2018
K.T. McFarland in letter to Pres Trump asks that he withdraw her nomination as US Ambassador to Sinagpore. pic.twitter.com/L6BzpVn92s
— Steve Holland (@steveholland1) February 2, 2018
Rumored candidate to Austria also withdrew: Mar-a-Lago member Patrick Park, avid fan of “The Sound of Music” according to the Palm Beach Daily News and rumored as the next ambassador to Austria is no longer in the running (also see Tillerson/Priebus Standoff on Ambassadorships, Plus Rumored Names/Posts (Updated).
— The Palm Beach Post (@pbpost) January 29, 2018
Rumored nominee for South Korea Victor Cha is apparently no longer in the running for that post. And there’s a whole lot of reports on why that’s the case. Mr. Cha had not been formally announced as a nominee but widely reported and previously expected to be the nominee for the COM spot in Seoul. The WH is now reportedly calling the snafu as a “vetting issue“. What? They’re just discovering the “issue” now after the USG has already requested/received agrément from the SouthKorean government?
This story is causing shock-waves in South Korea this morning. Victor Cha is well known there and people were reassured he was being sent. Plus: South Koreans also have, er, misgivings about bloody nose/strikes on North Korea https://t.co/5uNMNomOKb
— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) January 30, 2018
Annnd… Victor Cha just dropped an Op-ed in WaPo objecting to "bloody nose" strategy and a referring to himself as a past candidate for administration job… https://t.co/yNDOasIhQi https://t.co/AxKkoMepnV
— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) January 31, 2018
South Korea downplays report that the U.S. might have reconsidered its choice for Seoul ambassador because he didn't endorse the idea of military action against North Korea: https://t.co/Wvb0JwKAFz
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) February 1, 2018