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Mon Sep 14, 2020, 01:35 PM

Terry Branstad, Trump's Ambassador to China, is Stepping Down

Source: New York Times

The American ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, announced on Monday that he would step down in early October after a tenure that paralleled a sharp deterioration in relations between China and the United States.

Mr. Branstad, who twice served as governor of Iowa and was a crucial early supporter of Donald J. Trump’s presidential candidacy in 2016, arrived in Beijing in the summer of 2017 with high hopes of using a personal connection to China’s leader, Xi Jinping, to build stronger ties.

Instead, he found himself on the front lines of President Trump’s trade war and, by this year, a downward spiral of tensions that, to many, has heralded a new era of Cold War-like confrontation between the world’s two largest economies.

Mr. Branstad, who is 73, did not say why he was departing now, only months before the presidential election, but it is not unusual for political appointees to serve only a single term.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/terry-branstad-trumps-ambassador-to-china-is-stepping-down/ar-BB190pJi?li=BBnb7Kz

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 01:40 PM

1. Well, obviously he didn't accomplish anything, other than draw a paycheck...I don't recall a word

being published about anything. He's managed to build his retirement package, at least.

I'd suggest we send Kim Reynolds to take his place. Save Iowa.

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Mon Sep 14, 2020, 01:55 PM

2. re: "not unusual for political appointees to serve only a single term."

True, but the decision to serve just one term usually comes after election day. If the president doesn't get a second term, it's moot. He didn't want to wait around even that long. It seems odd to resign from a position that is likely to disappear shortly anyway. He wanted to get out NOW.

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Response to thesquanderer (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 02:14 PM

3. Would not surprise me if he sales all his assets in the US and announces that he is retiring

to another country.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 02:44 PM

4. Gov. of South Dakota dipshit Noem possible replacement?

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