Biden names 9 ambassador nominees, including for Israel, NATO

Sullenberger will be nominated as the U.S. representative to the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization. His 2009 actions, called the “Miracle on the Hudson,” have led to movies and other fame.

The fifth political appointee is Cynthia Ann Telles, a clinical professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. A fluent Spanish speaker, Telles is up for the ambassadorship to Costa Rica. Past media reports indicate she’s married to Joe Waz, a Comcast executive.

While some of the political appointees, such as Nides and Telles, have raised campaign funds for Biden, the White House stressed that all were highly qualified for ambassadorships by virtue of their work resumes.

The four career government officials being nominated are: Julie Chung, currently the acting assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere affairs, for the post in Sri Lanka; Sharon Cromer, a USAID official, for The Gambia; Troy Fitrell, currently the director of the State Department Office of West African Affairs, for Guinea; and Marc Ostfield, the State Department’s ombudsman, for Paraguay.

The White House has dismissed criticism that Biden is running late with his ambassador nominations. Today’s list brings Biden’s total ambassadorial nominees to 19.

By this stage in this tenures, then-President Donald Trump had sent 12 ambassadorial nominations to the Senate, while then-President Barack Obama had sent 27.

The Biden administration also has said it intends to keep the ratio of career appointees to political appointees closer to the traditional 70 to 30 percent. Trump’s political appointees constituted roughly 45 percent of the total, leaving an unusual number of vacancies for Biden to fill.

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