President Biden on Tuesday introduced his long-awaited first slate of ambassadors, together with his nominees for key posts in Mexico and Israel, as he made his first journey overseas since taking workplace.
As was anticipated, Mr. Biden introduced he was nominating Ken Salazar, a former senator of Colorado who served as secretary of the Interior Department within the Obama administration, as ambassador to Mexico, and Thomas R. Nides, a vice chairman at Morgan Stanley who served as a deputy secretary of state below President Barack Obama, as ambassador to Israel.
The official bulletins of the long-rumored nominations got here as Mr. Biden traveled to Europe with the aim of demonstrating to international leaders that “America is back at the table.” Mr. Nides’s nomination additionally got here simply days after a brand new authorities took energy in Israel, opening up the potential for a much less contentious relationship with the Biden administration.
Middle East specialists praised the choice of Mr. Nides. “He has the relationships to quickly get access to the very top of the administration at the White House and the State Department,” mentioned Ilan Goldenberg, a former Obama administration official who’s now director of the Middle East Security program on the Center for a New American Security.
Mr. Biden on Tuesday additionally introduced that Chesley B. Sullenberger III, the pilot who executed a water landing off Midtown Manhattan after a twin engine failure introduced his airplane plummeting towards earth, as his nominee for ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Other nominees introduced Tuesday included Julianne Smith, at the moment an adviser to Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, to function ambassador to NATO.
Tuesday’s announcement was anticipated to be the primary batch of a multiweek rollout of nominees. Some of Mr. Biden’s alternatives for probably the most vital posts overseas — together with R. Nicholas Burns, a veteran Foreign Service officer and a former ambassador to NATO, to function ambassador to China, and Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles to function ambassador to India — weren’t introduced on Tuesday, though a number of folks accustomed to the method mentioned their nominations had been finalized internally.
The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, has famous that the method takes a very long time partially as a result of “countries have to agree to these selections, and so sometimes that’s part of the timeline.” Some of Mr. Biden’s nominees who weren’t formally introduced Tuesday, however who’ve been chosen, are additionally nonetheless finishing time-consuming background checks and monetary evaluations as a part of the rigorous vetting course of, White House officers mentioned.
Some of the bulletins have been delayed because the White House has sought to roll out a various slate of appointees. In addition to racial and gender range, Mr. Biden additionally needed to sign to profession Foreign Service officers that they’re valued by whittling down the number of posts given to campaign donors.
That was obvious among the many 9 names Mr. Biden introduced on Tuesday, forward of his high-stakes meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.
Mr. Biden introduced the nominations of 4 profession Foreign Service officers to serve in ambassador posts. They included Troy Fitrell to function ambassador to Guinea; Sharon L. Cromer to function ambassador to Gambia; Julie Chung to function ambassador to Sri Lanka; and Marc Ostfield to function ambassador to Paraguay.
Mr. Biden additionally nominated Dr. Cynthia Ann Telles, a medical professor within the University of California, Los Angeles psychiatry division, to function ambassador to Costa Rica. Ms. Telles was additionally a founding board member of Americas United Bank, the primary Hispanic industrial financial institution to be chartered in California in over 30 years, White House officers mentioned.