POTUS Nominates Rahm Emanuel As Ambassador to Japan

President Joe Biden on Friday announced his intention to nominate Rahm Emanuel as ambassador to Japan and Nicholas Burns as ambassador to China.

The two top diplomatic positions have been in the works for months but made official only in a late-afternoon announcement by the White House during the middle of the biggest foreign policy crisis of the administration so far. The White House also announced the nomination of Michael Battle to serve as ambassador to Tanzania. Battle served as senior adviser to the Bureau of African Affairs at State for the U.S. Africa Leader’s Summit in 2014. He also served for 20 years as a chaplain in the Army Reserve.


Emanuel, who has drawn the ire of progressive Democrats, is a former two-term Mayor of Chicago, as well as a former Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama, and Illinois member of Congress. He opted not to run for a third mayoral term following harsh criticism of his handling of the police shooting of Laquan McDonald, a Black teenager, in Chicago in 2014.


Burns, a career diplomat, and longtime foreign policy hand, has served presidents of both parties. If confirmed, he would assume one of the most critical ambassador posts in the administration, with the rise of China at the center of almost important policy discussions. A Harvard University professor and former State Department spokesman, Burns ended his Foreign Service career by serving as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs for President George W. Bush.

The relationship between the U.S. and Japan has been a focal point of the Biden administration. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga was the first foreign leader to meet with President Biden in person. While the announcement was garnering support from high-profile Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff, Twitter was definitely not excited about the appointment.


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