Biden chooses Caroline Kennedy and Michelle Kwan as ambassadors

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that he was appointing Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy who served as Ambassador to Japan during the Obama administration, to serve as Ambassador to Australia and Michelle Kwan, the famous Olympic skater American, to serve as its principal envoy to Belize.

Kennedy lent her support to Biden relatively early in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary process. In a Boston Globe editorial announcing her support, she praised Biden on his long career as a public servant and fondly recalled Biden’s visit. in Tokyo as vice president while she was ambassador.

Kennedy in a statement thanked residents of the Solomon Islands and observers from the Australian coast in the Pacific who rescued his father in World War II after his crew’s torpedo boat was sunk by the Japanese in August 1943 .

“If confirmed, I will work hard to pay off this debt,” she said. “I look forward to working with the Australian government to strengthen our alliance, improve global health and increase access to vaccines during this terrible pandemic and to address the urgent climate crisis. I am delighted to know the Australian people, to learn more about their fascinating country and to share with them what I love most about America.

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Biden appointed another member of the Kennedy clan, Victoria Kennedy, lawyer and widow of Senator Ted Kennedy, to serve as ambassador to Austria. The Senate confirmed his appointment in October.

Two-time Olympic medalist Kwan was also an early supporter of Biden’s White House success, joining his campaign in 2019 as a substitute manager.

Kwan was appointed the State Department’s first diplomatic envoy in 2006. Kwan is currently the treasurer and member of the board of directors of Special Olympics International.


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