Biden nominates fundraiser Tsunis for Greece ambassadorship

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President Joe Biden on Friday announced plans to nominate George Tsunis, an influential Democratic fundraiser and hotelier, to be his envoy to Greece after Tsunis’s previous ambassadorial nomination fell apart.

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Former President Barack Obama chose Tsunis to serve as his nominee for Norway in 2013, but the founder of the Chartwell Hotel dropped the nomination after a disastrous confirmation hearing, in which he admitted that he had never visited Norway. did not and mistakenly referred to the country’s head of state as the “president”. Compared to “Prime Minister”

Biden also announced four other ambassadorial nominations: former US Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana at the Vatican; Former Ambassador of El Salvador Mari Carmen Aponte to Panama; Finland’s leading Democratic fundraiser and telecommunications executive Douglas Hickey; And Bruce Turner, a longtime senior State Department official, was appointed ambassador to the United States Conference on Disarmament.


Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, worked hard for Tsunis to receive a coveted ambassadorial nomination, according to a person familiar with the administration’s thinking on the matter. The person was not authorized to comment and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Menendez, as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, influences the pace of confirmation hearings for ambassador nominees.

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Soonis should be more prepared for her upcoming confirmation hearing.

He is the son of first-generation Greek immigrants to America, and has served on the boards and committees of several Greek and Hellenic organizations. Tsunis speak Greek and both he and his wife have raised families in Greece. He has been awarded the St. Paul Medal, the Greek Orthodox Church of America, which is the highest recognition for a common man.

In addition to his hotel company, which manages and develops properties in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, Tsunis is president of the Battery Park City Authority, which manages a 92-acre development on Manhattan’s lower west side. He is a trustee of the New York City Convention Development Corporation and the New York City Convention Operating Corporation.

On both sides of the aisle, presidents reward donors and key supporters with a significant piece of sought-after ambassadors. According to the American Foreign Service Association, about 44% of Donald Trump’s ambassadorial appointments were political appointments, compared to 31% for Barack Obama and 32% for George W.

According to White House officials, Biden is expected to keep about 30% of ambassadors’ political appointments.


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