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Terry Branstad Unexpectedly Quits As US Ambassador To Beijing

• by Tyler Durden

He's expected to leave Beijing in October, which means he'll be gone before the November election.

That will leave the US without a Congressionally-confirmed ambassador in place in Beijing during what's expected to be one of the most difficult elections in US history. Allegations of meddling from China, Russia and other states have only exacerbated a national mood of paranoia.

Trump proclaimed that Barnstad had been offered the ambassador job because of his deep links to China, and his personal friendship with President Xi, whom he has known since 1985 through the US-China government exchanges.

Branstad was chosen early on, and was seen as a major 'get' for Trump during the early days, given Branstad's status as the former governor of Iowa, an agricultural state with deep trade links to China.

I thank Ambassador Terry Branstad for his more than three years of service to the American people as U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China.

— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 14, 2020

President @realDonaldTrump chose Ambassador Branstad because his decades long experience dealing with China made him the best person to represent the Administration and to defend American interests and ideals in this important relationship.

— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 14, 2020