After eight months of waiting to see who will fill the role, Edward Crawford, an Irish-American billionaire businessman has been chosen to fill the role of US Ambassador to Ireland.
This comes following much confusion over whether US President Donald Trump will be visiting Ireland on his scheduled trip to Europe in November. Although Donald Trump has been President for nearly two years, he has delayed the appointment of an ambassador to Ireland.
The White House has announced the appointment of Mr. Crawford as the US Ambassador to Ireland following the approval by the Cabinet.
Mr. Crawford, a leading Ohio businessman, has been a Republican Party member for a long time and has been the frontrunner since Donald Trump’s friend, Brian Burns, pulled out of the race for health reasons in the summer of 2017.
This appointment process has been in the works for a long while and is not related to any postponement of President Trump’s visit to Ireland.
Reece Smyth has been the chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy since 2017 for the duration of the appointment process
According to Fianna Fail leader, Michael Martin, the confusion over the U.S. President’s visit indicates the need of the appointment of a US ambassador of Ireland. At the moment, Trump’s itinerary for the European trip is currently under review and the Irish component of the trip has been “postponed due to scheduling reasons”, according to a government spokesperson.
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