US Senate confirms Biden nominee Jonathan Kaplan as ambassador to Singapore

SINGAPORE: The US Senate on Friday (Nov 19) confirmed President Joe Biden’s nomination for ambassador to Singapore.  The Senate confirmed by voice vote the appointment of expertise entrepreneur Jonathan Kaplan, who was picked by Mr Biden in July.  The place of US ambassador to Singapore has been vacant for the reason that January 2017 departure of Mr Kirk Wagar, who was appointed by former president Barack Obama. Kaplan, who was previously CEO at Pure Digital, is presently the chairperson of EducationSuperHighway, a non-profit organisation. During a Senate listening to final month to verify his nomination, Mr Kaplan famous that Singapore was a “vital economic partner” for the US, including that greater than 5,400 American corporations had been registered right here. “These businesses provide responsible, sustainable investment for the region and directly support more than 215,000 American jobs here at home,” he stated. “If confirmed, I plan to strengthen our bilateral trade relationship, advance an economic agenda that promotes a shared prosperity, further secure economic resiliency and our access to supply, and work with Singapore to tackle the climate crisis.” In January 2020, former president Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Singapore, Ms Barbera Hale Thornhill, was returned by the Senate for renomination.  Mr Trump had nominated Ms Thornhill, who ran an inside design agency, in September 2019 earlier than it was withdrawn by the Biden administration in early 2021. The appointment of ambassadors have to be confirmed by the US Senate in a course of that includes intensive checks, a listening to and a vote.

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