(Washington) The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Joe Biden’s first ambassador to a foreign capital, with the Democratic president missing most of his envoys almost seven months after arriving at the White House because of essentially blocking a Republican senator .
Posted on Aug 11, 2021 at 1:16 pm
On a marathon voting night, the senators unanimously approved Ken Salazar, 66, as US ambassador to Mexico.
His confirmation is a rare exception to the stalemate that Ted Cruz, a former Conservative presidential candidate and harsh critic of the president, has so far provoked.
The Senator has used numerous parliamentary strategies to block endorsements from nominees previously nominated by US diplomacy under the Biden administration.
On Tuesday night alone, he unanimously rejected more than 20 proposals for confirmation, with the exception of Mr Salazar, a former senator known for his good relations with Congress.
Ted Cruz is protesting against the decision of the Democratic President in the spring to abandon the sanctions for the construction of the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany.
The USA, like several European countries, firmly reject this almost completed project because it runs through the Baltic Sea and no longer through the Ukraine. This means that Kiev threatens to withdraw part of the revenue from gas transit, which is vital for the country, but also to exert pressure on Moscow against possible Russian aggression in the region.
Joe Biden shares these concerns but was of the opinion in the spring that it was too late to impose sanctions and that it would be better to work with Germany – in favor of Nord Stream 2. Ted Cruz accuses him of “To have given it a“ gift ”to Vladimir Putin.
In early August, the head of American diplomacy, Antony Blinken, regretted that more than 65 candidates appointed by his State Department were awaiting confirmation for “positions essential to national security”.
He had then hoped most would be ratified before the Senate took parliamentary recess, but the session was finally adjourned to September 13 on Wednesday.
The House of Lords has the power to approve or reject most presidential elections. She advocated the formation of Joe Biden’s cabinet, including his UN Ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, in February.