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Biden Nominates Rahm Emanuel as Ambassador to Japan, Drawing Ire of Progressives

HeadlineAug 23, 2021

President Biden has nominated former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as ambassador to Japan. Progressive lawmakers called out the pick, with Missouri Congressmember Cori Bush tweeting, “Rahm Emanuel covered up the murder of Laquan McDonald. He must be disqualified from ever holding an appointed position in any administration. Call your Senator and urge them to vote NO.”

Meanwhile, veteran diplomat Nicholas Burns has been tapped as ambassador to China. So far, just one of Biden’s ambassador nominees has been confirmed: former Colorado Senator Ken Salazar, who will be the U.S.’s top diplomat in Mexico.

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