Senate confirms Iowa governor as China envoy

Senate confirms Iowa governor as China envoy

The confirmation, by a bipartisan vote of 82 to 13, comes with the White House beset by scandal, but also at a time when Mr Trump is looking to Beijing, its biggest rival and trading partner, to step up economic pressure on North Korea's irascible regime.

Branstad only needed a majority vote.

He says Branstad will have his hands full in his new role, but says his personal ties to Chinese President Xi Jinping will help.

The 70-year-old Republican says he intends to use his decades-long relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping to advance US and global interests. Branstad applauded a recent trade deal that will, among other things, allow USA beef and poultry to be sold in China for the first time since 2003.

Earlier this month, the six-term Republican governor was approved unanimously by the 21-person Senate Foreign Relations Committee to advance his nomination to the full Senate for the final vote.

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will take up the role of governor following Branstad's exit.

Branstad, 70, is the longest-serving governor in the United States. "But I'm not holding out any hope on that". Elevent Democrats and Sen.

Back then, the lawmaker said, Branstad was more willing to work across the aisle and compromise. "That obviously wasn't the case this year".

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"Kim Reynolds' record as lieutenant governor raises serious warning signs for Iowans", party chairman Derek Eadon said, noting her support for controversial legislation passed this session.

Reynolds will be Iowa's first female governor, but that isn't all that sets her apart.

I'm honored to have the opportunity today to speak to my colleagues about my good friend, Governor Terry Branstad. "I have a tendency not want to throw anything away".

"We will see what happens as she gets into the weeds of policy and politics".

That will end the nation's longest stint ever by a governor of any state, Branstad noted, adding that "time flies when you're having fun".

Back in December, when Branstad was nominated as ambassador, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang, said, "We welcome him to play a greater role in advancing the development of relations between China and the United States".

"He will bring midwestern humility and level-headed leadership to the job", Grassley said to the Senate.

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