President Joe Biden introduced plans to appoint former Chicago mayor and Obama-era chief of workers, Rahm Emanuel, to function the U.S. ambassador to Japan, the White Home confirmed in a statement on Friday.
In saying the nomination, the White Home lauded Emanuel’s a few years of public service, together with serving as former President Invoice Clinton’s assistant for political affairs and senior advisor for coverage and technique.
Rumors had lengthy swirled about Emanuel’s nomination for the submit, with White Home press secretary Jen Psaki addressing the matter again in Could.
“I do know there’s numerous curiosity on this,” Psaki told reporters at a press briefing at the time, responding to a query about Emanuel’s potential candidacy for the submit of ambassador to Japan and what expectations the administration has for somebody serving in that perform.
Calling Japan an “essential accomplice within the area, essential accomplice in addressing stability and safety within the area,” Psaki mentioned the person serving within the submit of U.S. ambassador to the nation can be “somebody who would play an integral position.”
In an announcement Friday, Emanuel mentioned he’s honored by the nomination.
“The alliance between the US and Japan is the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in a free and open Indo-Pacific, and I’d proudly characterize our nation with one among our most crucial world allies in some of the vital geopolitical areas,” Emanuel mentioned within the assertion.
Whereas the previous Chicago mayor might face a tough affirmation battle within the Senate, a number of key Democrats supplied their backing for his candidacy on Friday.
“In nominating Rahm Emanuel to function U.S. Ambassador, President Biden has chosen a frontrunner of immense expertise and effectiveness to characterize our nation in Tokyo,” Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement Friday. “His nice expertise, from the U.S. Home to the White Home, will serve our nation effectively, as he works to deepen one among our nation’s most essential alliances, champion American pursuits overseas, and advance regional safety and prosperity.”
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Sick.) echoed that sentiment.
“Rahm Emanuel has a lifetime of public service making ready him to talk for America. Japan is a vital strategic accomplice in Asia, notably in mild of our continued challenges from China. I’ll do all I can to assist Rahm develop into America’s voice in Japan,” Durbin said in a Friday statement.
There has not been a Senate-confirmed U.S. ambassador to Japan since William Hagerty left the submit in July 2019, with Raymond Greene, former deputy director of the American Institute in Taiwan, at the moment serving as interim ambassador.