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 TillersonTrump lashes out over Kelly criticism: 'He misses the action' Timeline: Trump and Romney's rocky relationship Top Democrat demands Barr recuse himself from case against Turkish bank 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 PompeoOvernight Defense: Lawmakers clash during Pompeo hearing on Iran | Trump touts Taliban deal ahead of signing | Trump sued over plan to use Pentagon funds for border wall Warren asks administration for assurances that sanctions aren't hindering coronavirus containment in Iran Trump touts Taliban deal ahead of signing 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.