U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated a long-time Republican Party figure as ambassador to Australia, the White House said, hoping to fill a key diplomatic post that has been vacant for two years. The nomination of Arthur B. Culvahouse, a lawyer and counsel to former U.S. President Reagan will have to be confirmed by the Senate. Trump in February named then U.S. Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris as ambassador to Australia but then picked him for South Korea amid heightened tensions with North Korea over its nuclear and missile programmes. In 2016, Culvahouse led vetting of Mike Pence as Republican Party nominee for vice president. “In 1989, Reagan awarded Culvahouse the Presidential Citizens’ Medal,’’ the White House said in a statement on Monday.
Source: The North Africa Journal November 06, 2018 09:45 UTC