Trump picks new ambassador for Cape Verde

US President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) an annual meeting

US President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) an annual meeting at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, US, March 2, 2019. REUTERS / Joshua Roberts


The name of John Jefferson Daigle, suggested by Trump for the African country's ambassador, must go through a Senate vote

The US Embassy in Cape Verde has had no ambassador since September 2018, but on Monday, a press release by the White House revealed that Donald Trump "announced his intention to appoint" John Jefferson Daigle for a "key position" in his administration.

Former US ambassador to Cabo Verde, Donald L. Heflin, left office in September 2018, after a term of three years and eight months.

John Jefferson Daigle may be "the United States of America's extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador to the Republic of Cape Verde" if his name is approved by the US Senate.

Currently a government official on the US Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, Daigle knows Portuguese, French and Khmer (the latter being the official language of Cambodia), according to the White House.

Being appointed for ambassador means a career promotion for Daigle, who is currently a member of the senior adviser class in US Foreign Services.

With a solid career as a diplomatic and state official, John Jefferson Daigle also worked in the office of the US Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and served on US diplomatic missions in Cambodia and Iraq, receiving the Expeditionary Service Award for his service in Iraq.

John Jefferson Daigle's curriculum also includes the role of deputy coordinator of the Bureau of International Information Programs, a branch of the US Government with about 700 offices in more than 150 countries, where foreign citizens can find out more about the US.

Daigle graduated from Louisiana State University.

The White House press release also includes proposed names for the US embassies in Mexico (Christopher Landau), Slovakia (Bridget A. Brink) and Turkmenistan (Matthew S. Klimow).