Biden Nominates Michelle Kwan, Caroline Kennedy As U.S. Ambassadors

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden introduced Wednesday he’s nominating Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy who served as ambassador to Japan through the Obama administration, to function ambassador to Australia and Michelle Kwan, the famend U.S. Olympic determine skater, to function his chief envoy to Belize.

Kennedy threw her assist behind Biden comparatively early within the crowded 2020 Democratic major course of. In a Boston Globe editorial to announce her endorsement, she praised Biden for his lengthy profession as a public servant and fondly recalled Biden visiting Tokyo as vp whereas she was ambassador.

Kennedy in an announcement supplied gratitude to Solomon Islanders and Australian coast watchers within the Pacific who rescued her father throughout World Battle II after his crew’s motor torpedo boat was sunk by the Japanese in August 1943.

“If confirmed, I’ll work arduous to repay this debt,” she stated. “I sit up for collaborating with the Authorities of Australia to strengthen our alliance, enhance world well being and enhance vaccine entry throughout this horrible pandemic and to deal with the pressing local weather disaster. I’m excited to get to know the Australian individuals, study their fascinating nation and share with them what I really like most about America.”

Biden appointed one other member of the Kennedy clan, Victoria Kennedy, an legal professional and the widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy, to function his ambassador to Austria. The Senate confirmed her nomination in October.

Kwan, a two-time Olympic medalist, was additionally an early supporter of Biden’s profitable White Home run, becoming a member of his marketing campaign in 2019 as surrogate director.

Kwan was named the State Division’s first public diplomacy envoy in 2006. Kwan at present serves because the treasurer and a board member of Particular Olympics Worldwide.