Biden to nominate Caroline Kennedy, Michelle Kwan for ambassadorships

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Biden to nominate Caroline Kennedy, Michelle Kwan for ambassadorships

Democratic scion Caroline Kennedy and former Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan are being tapped for ambassadorships by President Joe Biden, the White House said Wednesday.

Former champion figure skater Michelle Kwan will be tapped to be ambassador to Belize.
Former champion figure skater Michelle Kwan has been tapped for ambassador to Belize.
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Biden plans to nominate Kennedy, the only surviving child of former President John Kennedy, as an ambassador to Australia. Caroline Kennedy, 64, served as ambassador to Japan under former President Barack Obama and once vied to replace Hillary Clinton as the junior US senator from New York.

Kwan, 41, was set to be tapped as an ambassador to Belize, the Biden administration said. The former world champion has served as an adviser at the US Department of State and on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

The nominations, when announced, would require approval from the Senate.

Veteran diplomat Robert Wood was also poised to be nominated to represent the US in the United Nations, and former National Reconnaissance Office official Frank Calvelli was in line to be the first procurement executive in charge of military space programs.

Caroline Kennedy will be nominated to be ambassador to Australia.
Caroline Kennedy will be nominated to be ambassador to Australia.
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The White House said the president planned to nominate Franklin Parker, Michael Morgan, LaWanda Toney and Marvin Adams for assistant secretary roles in the departments of defense, commerce, education and energy.

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