Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, has confirmed the US will be sending a different Ambassador to Australia, after White House dysfunction.
The Head of the US Pacific Command, Harry Harris, was announced last year as President Donald Trump’s pick as Ambassador to Australia.
The post has been vacant for more than a year, and this will continue after Admiral Harris’ appointment was postponed.
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Recent reports said Admiral Harris would be sent to South Korea, rather than Australia.
.@JulieBishopMP: ‘Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan contacted me and confirmed that the @WhiteHouse had decided to reassign Admiral Harris to another post. I’m sure the US will choose an appropriate ambassador to take his place.’
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) April 24, 2018
This was confirmed by Minister Bishop this morning, who downplayed the significance of the move.
“We understand, this sort of thing happens and we also understand the challenges the United States has on the Korean peninsula,” she said.
Australia will have to wait for a new Ambassador until after a new Secretary of State is appointed.