Biden announces choice of ambassadors for France, India, Chile and Bangladesh

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks before signing an executive order in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Friday, July 9, 2021.

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President Joe Biden on Friday revealed the names of four new candidates for US ambassadorial posts to countries such as France, India, Bangladesh and Chile, the White House said in a press release. .

Biden will appoint Denise Campbell Bauer to be his ambassador to France and Monaco. Bauer was said to have been a major fundraiser for former President Barack Obama and had served in his administration as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium between 2013 and the end of Obama’s last term.

Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, was officially listed in the statement as Biden’s intended candidate to become US ambassador to India. Media outlets, including NBC News, reported in May that Garcetti would be appointed to the post.

Peter Haas, a career member of the State Department’s foreign service, was chosen to become Biden’s ambassador to Bangladesh. Haas, who speaks French and German, served as the head of the United States Consulate General in Mumbai, India.

Biden will also appoint Bernadette Meehan, currently head of the Obama Foundation’s global programs, to be his ambassador to Chile. Meehan has over a decade of experience as a foreign service officer and previously served as a spokesperson for the National Security Council.

The latest crop of candidates reflects Biden’s preference for selecting officials with extensive experience within the relevant institutions, unlike his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, who chose many people with limited experience in the government. government to fill key roles.

Biden’s choices for ambassadorial roles need to be confirmed by the Senate. More than 80 of the presidential candidates have been confirmed by the Senate, according to the Washington Post, while the chamber is currently considering around 160 more.