The White House announced today that diplomat Susan Thornton’s name has been submitted to the Senate for the role of Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs), a position she is currently holding on a temporary basis.
- Many observers feared that Thornton, who is one of America’s most experienced diplomats with a strong track record in east Asia, would be removed or sidelined from the dysfunctional Trump-Tillerson State Department.
- Buzzfeed’s foreign affairs correspondent John Hudson tweeted that Thornton’s nomination was a “major personnel victory for Rex Tillerson” that defied “efforts by China hawks close to Trump (Bannon/Navarro) to oust her from the State Department.”
Major personnel victory for Rex Tillerson: The White House has nominated Susan Thornton to become America’s top diplomat for Asia, defying efforts by China hawks close to Trump (Bannon/Navarro) to oust her from the State Department. pic.twitter.com/IG6K34R1IW
— John Hudson (@John_Hudson) December 19, 2017
- You can listen to a Sinica Podcast interview with Thornton: What actually happened at Mar-a-Lago?
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