Report: Biden officials considering McCain, Flake for ambassadorships
PHOENIX — Administration officials for President Joe Biden are reportedly considering two prominent Arizona Republicans for ambassadorships, according to Axios.
The website reports Cindy McCain – the widow of longtime Republican Sen. John McCain – and former Republican Sen. Jeff Flake are being considered for ambassadorships to highlight bipartisanship in U.S. foreign policy under the new Democratic president.
McCain has been discussed for the United Kingdom, while Flake has been mentioned for South Africa, according to the report.
The two would replace ambassadors Woody Johnson (United Kingdom) and Lana Marks (South Africa), who were appointed under Donald Trump’s administration and resigned when the Republican president left office on Jan. 20.
While McCain and Flake identify as Republicans, both crossed party lines and endorsed Biden for president, citing Trump’s behavior as a reason why.
As a result, Arizona’s Republican Party censured both Flake and McCain on Jan. 23.
The report says McCain is likely to be offered an ambassadorship by Biden’s team but London is not guaranteed.
The Axios article notes the final decisions on ambassadorships are still weeks away, however, Tony Blinken being installed as secretary of state accelerates the process.
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