US President Joseph Biden nominated several political allies and campaign fundraisers as ambassadors to Canada, Austria and other countries on the 21st, including media giants lobbyists and members of the Kennedy family.
The White House said Biden nominated David Cohen, a senior adviser to Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, as U.S. ambassador to Canada. Cohen was a key figure in lobbying the government on behalf of the media and telecommunications company’s interests. When Ed Lendall, another strong ally of Biden, was mayor of Philadelphia, Cohen was the latter’s chief of staff.
Biden nominated Victoria Kennedy, wife of the late Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy, to be U.S. Ambassador to Austria. The couple have been friends of Biden for many years and actively support gun control. Ted Kennedy’s two brothers were former President John F. Smith, who was assassinated separately during his term of office. F. Kennedy and former Senator Robert Kennedy. Both Cohen and Victoria Kennedy organized fundraisers for Biden’s presidential campaign last year.
According to the Associated Press, Biden is also considering using John M. F. Kennedy’s daughter Caroline Kennedy. She served as U.S. ambassador to Japan during the administration of former Democratic President Barack Obama. People familiar with the matter said that Biden intends to put her in a high-profile ambassador position.
The White House also announced that Biden nominated Democrat and lawyer Jamie Haptrian as U.S. ambassador to Slovenia. Her husband is Dick Haptrian, Biden’s ally in the South Carolina Senate and a key fundraiser. The Haputrians were influential in South Carolina. According to the Associated Press, Biden’s victory in the South Carolina primary last year was a key battle in his election situation to begin to turn favorable.
Successive U.S. presidents, Democrats and Republicans, have made many moves to nominate political allies and political funding brokers as ambassadors abroad, as has Obama and former Republican President Donald Trump. (Hu Ruoyu) [Xinhua News Agency Micro Article]