Trump sends nomination for Russia ambassador to Senate

Trump sends nomination for Russia ambassador to Senate
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The White House on Thursday sent its nomination for ambassador to Russia to the Senate.

Trump officially announced the nomination of Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan last Friday. Sullivan, who joined the administration with then-Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonNikki Haley fires the first shot in the GOP's post-Trump war State Dept. watchdog: Official's firing was case of political retaliation Steve Schmidt: 'Overwhelming chance that Trump will dump Pence' for Haley MORE in 2017, will replace outgoing Ambassador Jon Huntsman if confirmed. Trump first signaled his intent to nominate Sullivan in August, calling him “very respected” after The New York Times reported he was the president’s likely pick.

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Sullivan was confirmed to his current position in a 94-6 vote.

Confirmation would also allow Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoDemocrats release two new transcripts ahead of next public impeachment hearings McConnell urges Trump to voice support for Hong Kong protesters Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran MORE to nominate his own deputy to replace Sullivan, who stayed on after Tillerson’s ouster in 2018.

Sullivan has previously served in the Justice Department under the George H.W. Bush administration and as the Pentagon’s deputy general counsel and as general counsel for the Commerce Department under the George W. Bush administration. He also served as acting secretary of State between Tillerson’s departure and Pompeo’s confirmation.