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Ambassador's Mustache That Irked a Nation Is No More

Harry Harris' facial hair was too harsh a reminder of Japanese colonialism for some

(Newser) - To most Americans, Harry Harris' mustache likely wouldn't cause a second glance. But to South Koreans, the US ambassador's facial hair became a lightning rod —and over the weekend, he finally shaved it off. The envoy headed to a barbershop in Seoul on Saturday to go under... More »

NYT: Trump Made Big Ask of US Ambassador on British Open

Sources: President pressured Woody Johnson to ask UK government to bring event to Turnberry

(Newser) - Robert Wood Johnson IV, the New York Jets owner and Trump donor with no diplomatic experience before being tapped as the US ambassador to Britain, was apparently just the person the president thought could handle a big job: Ask the British government if it could help get the British Open... More »

Mandela Daughter Dies: 'She Served South Africa Well'

Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson and Winnie, was 59; cause of death still unknown

(Newser) - Zindzi Mandela, South Africa's current ambassador to Denmark and the youngest daughter of the late Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, is dead at age 59. She died early Monday at a hospital in Johannesburg, per a statement from the office of President Cyril Ramaphosa. The cause of death hasn'... More »

Marie Yovanovitch Says State Department Is in Trouble

Ousted ambassador says leaders lack 'moral clarity'

(Newser) - In some of her first public remarks since she played a major role in impeachment proceedings, former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch warned that the State Department is in trouble. Yovanovitch, who was ousted after pressure from President Trump's allies last year, spoke about the "hollowing out" of... More »

ABC: Trump Orders Envoy Fired in Recording

'Get rid of her! Get her out tomorrow. ... Take her out,' president seemingly said of ex-ambassador

(Newser) - President Trump has repeatedly said he doesn't know Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two associates of Rudy Giuliani who helped the ex-mayor investigate Joe Biden in Ukraine, and who were arrested in October . Parnas has since said he feels betrayed by Trump, which prompted him to turn over a... More »

Key Figure's Ukraine Testimony Won't Please Trump

Gordon Sondland says president ordered him to work with Giuliani on Ukraine

(Newser) - A key figure in President Trump's impeachment controversy is testifying Thursday on Capitol Hill, but Trump probably won't like what Gordon Sondland has to say. Sondland is the American ambassador to the EU, but he was among the handful of diplomats involved in the White House's outreach... More »

Jon Huntsman Resigns, Will Move Back to Utah

US ambassador to Russia will exit the job Oct. 3

(Newser) - Jon Huntsman on Tuesday announced that he'll resign his position as US ambassador to Russia effective Oct. 3—the month when he's set to move back to Utah, reports the Salt Lake Tribune . The Hill reports the news comes as no surprise: Huntsman had reportedly committed to taking... More »

PM Has Called Trump Unfit. US Ambassador Isn't Worried

Woody Johnson says relationship between Boris Johnson, US president will be 'sensational'

(Newser) - President Trump thinks the United Kingdom's new prime minister will be "great," and the US ambassador to the UK seems to share similar optimism not only for Johnson's ability to, like Trump, "get things done," but also on the two leaders' future dealings. "... More »

There's a New Leak From Ex-UK Ambassador

Sir Kim Darroch said Trump abandoned Iran deal to spite Obama, committed 'diplomatic vandalism'

(Newser) - Sir Kim Darroch may be gone from the British embassy in Washington, DC, but it seems that President Trump may not soon be forgetting him: The BBC reports that the latest diplomatic leak from the UK is no less damning, with the former ambassador saying that Trump committed "diplomatic... More »

Trump Targeted Him. Now He Says His Job Is 'Impossible'

UK Ambassador to US Kim Darroch is stepping down

(Newser) - The British ambassador to the US whom President Trump said he'd "no longer deal with" is leaving his official capacity: The Wall Street Journal reports Kim Darroch is resigning. "Since the leak of official documents from this Embassy there has been a great deal of speculation surrounding... More »

Trump: 'We Will No Longer Deal With' British Ambassador

He slams Theresa May for making a 'mess' of Brexit

(Newser) - "We will no longer deal with" British ambassador to the US Kim Darroch, President Trump said Monday, stepping up the diplomatic feud over the ambassador's l eaked remarks about his administration . Trump tweeted his own criticism of Britain's leadership, saying Prime Minister Theresa May had handled Brexit... More »

UK Ambassador to US Blasts Trump in Leaked Memos

Kim Darroch advised his own government that White House is 'inept,' 'dysfunctional'

(Newser) - "Inept," "uniquely dysfunctional," and headed for a "crash and burn" might be terms you're used to seeing tossed around Facebook arguments and reality shows, but that is how the ambassador from America's closest ally is describing the president of the United States in... More »

Meet Trump's Pick for Next US Ambassador to UN

Kelly Craft had been the US ambassador to Canada

(Newser) - President Trump announced Friday that he has selected Kelly Craft, the US ambassador to Canada, as his nominee to serve as the next US ambassador to the United Nations. Trump said in a pair of tweets that Craft "has done an outstanding job representing our Nation" and he has... More »

In Surprise, Trump's Pick for UN Ambassador Withdraws

Heather Nauert cites her family as a driving reason

(Newser) - Heather Nauert, picked by President Trump to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn from consideration, the State Department said. Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman who was previously a breaking news anchor on Fox & Friends, said in a department statement that... More »

North Korea's Ambassador to Italy May Have Defected

Jo Song Gil has applied for asylum in a Western country: reports

(Newser) - North Korea may have a high-profile defection on its hands. The country’s acting ambassador to Italy, Jo Song Gil, apparently fled the North Korean embassy in Rome with his wife weeks ago, before he was to leave his post at the end of November. That's according to South... More »

Ivanka Trump Quashes Rumors About Replacing Nikki Haley

But the president says she'd do an 'incredible' job as ambassador to the UN

(Newser) - The position will soon be vacant and her father thinks she'd do a great job—but Ivanka Trump has confirmed that she will not be America's next ambassador to the United Nations. "It is an honor to serve in the White House alongside so many great colleagues... More »

'I Couldn't Be More Proud': Rihanna Is Appointed Ambassador

The multi-platinum singer accepts role in her home country

(Newser) - Didn't think Rihanna could add more to her plate? The international artist and business mogul now has a new ambassadorial role—in her home country of Barbados, the Guardian reports. Per a governmental office , the 30-year-old has agreed to become the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, promoting investment, tourism, and... More »

Angry Saudis Order Canadian Ambassador to Leave Country

Country had criticized arrest of women's rights activists, Riyadh is not having it

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia on Monday ordered the Canadian ambassador to leave the kingdom within 24 hours after his nation criticized the recent arrest of women's rights activists. The Saudi Foreign Ministry also said it would freeze "all new business" between the kingdom and Canada, the AP reports. Some 10%... More »

Trump Will Do 'Most Important Thing' on Visit to UK

US ambassador says president will meet with Queen Elizabeth in July

(Newser) - Donald Trump will make his first "working visit" as president to the UK next month, and it looks like he'll be doing a meet-and-greet with Queen Elizabeth after all. US Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson tells Sky News not all the kinks have been worked out, but that even... More »

US Ambassador's Interview Causes a Ruckus in Germany

Richard Grenell accused of politicizing his post by expressing support for right-wing groups

(Newser) - When Richard Grenell began serving as US ambassador to Germany in May, he was accused of offending his hosts on his very first day with a tweet about how German businesses should get out of Iran. A month later, Grenell has once again raised the ire of German politicians, this... More »

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