June 29, 2017

U.S. Senate Confirms Iowa Governor as China Envoy

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Terry Branstad is on track to be confirmed as President Donald Trump's ambassador to China.

Branstad says he intends to use his decades-long relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping shee jihn-peeng to advance USA and worldwide interests.

Reynolds congratulated Branstad - her mentor since January 2011 - on his "new mission" as a USA ambassador, calling him "a man with a servant heart" who has worked tirelessly on behalf of Iowa and Iowans for more than 22 years as governor.

Trump then pledged during a February phone call with Xi that he would abide by the "One China" policy, which dictates that Washington recognizes Beijing as the only official government of China.

"It's very clear that Gov. Branstad is someone who will represent our country well on the world stage, and we couldn't be prouder of this selection". Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, declared Branstad "fully qualified" for the job.

Although the Iowa Attorney General's Office initially indicated that Reynolds could select an incoming lieutenant governor, that stance was reversed by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller's formal opinion earlier this month.

The 70-year-old is the longest serving governor in the more than 22 years. "But I'm not holding out any hope on that".

"She has been shielded so far by Branstad's success, enacting much of what he wanted the legislature to do", said Mack Shelley, chair of the political science department. "That obviously wasn't the case this year".

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The Republican Party of Iowa will host Reynolds' Inaugural Celebration on June 2.

"But we're absolutely not neutral in support of our sitting governor", Kaufmann said. "As she becomes governor, Iowa voters will hold her accountable for her record".

I'm honored to have the opportunity today to speak to my colleagues about my good friend, Governor Terry Branstad. "I want to do the best I can there", he said in a recent interview. "He's been there for a long time". "I'm anxious to see her take over".

He served as Iowa's governor from 1983 to 1999 before entering the private sector. He is due to be replaced in Des Moines by Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, who would be the state's first female governor. "He is a work horse who is unafraid to get in the trenches to get the job done", Grassley said. "I intend to continue to work hard right up until the end".

Grassley began his remarks noting his "disappointment and frustration" with the "seemingly endless obstruction on the part of the minority".

The State Department tells us they have nothing to announce on when the swearing in ceremony for Branstad will take place.

"Having worked alongside the Governor for many years, I know he will exemplify the same leadership, thoughtfulness, and dedication in his role as Ambassador to China on behalf of the United States as he did for the people of Iowa", said Ernst.

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