09.27.16

The President's Intention To Nominate Jeffrey DeLaurentis As U.S. Ambassador To Cuba

Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy
(D-Vt., Ranking Member, Senate State Department And Foreign Operations Subcommittee) To The President’s Announcement Of His Intention To Name Jeffrey DeLaurentis
As U.S. Ambassador To Cuba

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

“I have known Jeff DeLaurentis since he became the U.S. Chief of Mission in Havana, and he is the obvious choice to be Ambassador. He is a career diplomat who is universally respected by his peers, and by Democrats and Republicans in Congress, for his intellect, his integrity, and his thoughtfulness. The decision to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba has been widely supported, and the number of Americans traveling to Cuba is increasing dramatically. We need an Ambassador who knows Cuba, who is respected by the Cuban Government, and who will stand up for U.S. interests and values. Jeff is that person. The Cuban people have their ambassador in Washington. The American people need their ambassador in Havana.”

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