US President Joe Biden speaks before signing an executive order in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021.
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President Joe Biden on Friday revealed the names of four new nominees who will serve as US ambassadors to countries such as France, India, Bangladesh and Chile, the White House said in a press release.
Biden will nominate Denise Campbell Bauer as his ambassador to both France and Monaco. Bauer was reportedly a major fundraiser for former President Barack Obama and had served in his administration as US Ambassador to Belgium between 2013 and the end of Obama’s last term in office.
Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, was officially listed in the release as Biden’s intended candidate to become US Ambassador to India. Outlets, including NBC News, had already reported in May that Garcetti would be nominated for the position.
Peter Haas, a career member of the Foreign Office’s Foreign Service, was tapped to become Biden’s ambassador to Bangladesh. Haas, who speaks French and German, was head of the US Consulate General in Mumbai, India.
Biden will also nominate Bernadette Meehan, currently the head of global programs for the Obama Foundation, as his ambassador to Chile. Meehan has more than a decade of experience as a foreign service officer and was previously a spokeswoman for the National Security Council.
The latest batch of nominees reflects Biden’s preference for selecting officials with broad experience within relevant institutions, as opposed to his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, who chose many people with limited government experience to fill key roles.
Biden’s choices for the ambassadorial roles must be confirmed by the Senate. More than 80 of the president’s nominees have been confirmed by the Senate, according to The Washington Post, while the chamber is currently considering about 160 more.