Senator Coons’ statement on President Trump’s nominations for Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and US Ambassador to Kenya

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after President Trump nominated the former ambassador to Ethiopia and Guinea, Tibor Nagy, to be Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and Illinois state Sen. Kyle McCarter to be U.S. Ambassador to Kenya.

“I’m glad to see the Trump administration finally nominate officials for two important posts – Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and U.S. Ambassador to Kenya.  Simply put, the United States and the Trump Administration must do a better job of engaging on this critical continent, and I’m hopeful that these two nominees will prove that they are the right people for that important task.  Whether it is combatting terrorism in the Sahel and East Africa, supporting democratic institutions and rule of law throughout the continent, or promoting U.S. investment and American companies through legislation like the BUILD Act, the United States simply cannot afford to ignore Africa. 

“I recently led a congressional delegation to Zimbabwe, South Africa, Niger, and Burkina Faso, and I will continue to ensure that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee remains engaged across Africa.  I look forward to meeting with former Ambassador Nagy and state Senator McCarter and reviewing their records and qualifications.”


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