The US President Donald Trump has nominated acting assistant Secretary of state for Middle East Affairs David Satterfield to the post of us Ambassador to Turkey. The decision of Mr. Trump is reported in a press release of the White House.
David Satterfield has been with the state Department since 2017. He was a special adviser to the Secretary of state for Libya, and also worked at the US embassies in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Saudi Arabia.
According to the Hill, the US has not had an official Ambassador to Turkey since 2017. John Bass, who held this post in 2017, was appointed Ambassador to Afghanistan. In 2018, the duties of the US chargé d’affaires in Ankara took Jeffrey Hovenier. The publication believes that the decision of Donald Trump to nominate a new Ambassador can help him “to simplify communication with Turkish officials after months of contradictions between Washington and Ankara.”
Recall that in August 2018, the US increased duties on aluminum (up to 20%) and steel (up to 50%) from Turkey. In response, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered to increase import duties on some American goods, including cars (120%), tobacco products (60%), alcohol (140%). Mr. Erdogan also urged to abandon the dollar.