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Straw of hope for censured U.S. Norway Ambassador nominee. There is a glimmer of hope for U.S. President Barack Obama’s nominee for Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway George Tsunis amid the piles of negative press. Sons of Norway, one of the oldest organizations of Norwegian-Americans, is also one of the first to say that it will serve as a resource for the highly criticized nominee. Erik Evans, Sons of Norway communications manager, told The Foreigner in an email that they will “provide whatever assistance he requests” if Tsunis is confirmed by the United States Senate “as we have done with past Ambassadors and will continue to do in the future.”

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Straw of hope for censured U.S. Norway Ambassador nominee

Published on Sunday, 22nd June, 2014 at 15:06 under the news category, by Seaira Daniels.
Last Updated on 31st December 2014 at 09:49.

There is a glimmer of hope for U.S. President Barack Obama’s nominee for Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway George Tsunis amid the piles of negative press.

US Embassy, Oslo
George Tsunis may well still be looking out upon the streets of Oslo despite his factual blunders about Norway.US Embassy, Oslo
Photo: © 2009 Kjetil Ree/Wikimedia Commons


Sons of Norway, one of the oldest organizations of Norwegian-Americans, is also one of the first to say that it will serve as a resource for the highly criticized nominee.

Erik Evans, Sons of Norway communications manager, told The Foreigner in an email that they will “provide whatever assistance he requests” if Tsunis is confirmed by the United States Senate “as we have done with past Ambassadors and will continue to do in the future.”

“We have no current plans of taking a formal stance on either side of this issue. We are confident that the confirmation committee will make the most appropriate decision for the circumstances at hand,” he added.

The Senate is the only U.S. governing body with the authority to confirm ambassadorial nominations.  And Tsunis may be seeking more information about the Scandinavian country soon after failing to impress the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a hearing in January on Norwegian government and policy.

Tsunis referred to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the hearing as a “president”. He also called the Progress Party (FrP), the third largest party in Norwegian parliament, a group of political outliers that have been denounced by the government. The party recently partnered with Norway’s Conservative Party (H) to win the 2013 election.

Potential Ambassador Tsunis was also one of the largest donors to President Barack Obama’s campaign, donating nearly USD 1 million in 2009.  The U.S. government commonly rewards donors of large amounts of money with ambassadorships. 

However, T. Michael Davis, a long-time member of the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce says in an opinion letter to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that Tsunis appearing ignorant in the public eye means he will not be respected by Norwegian leaders. This thus renders him unfit for the position of ambassador.

Similar opposition to Tsunis’ nomination includes several editorials and blogs as well as a petition on change.org  with 500 signatures.

The White House has not made an official response to the negative press Tsunis’ nomination has gotten, and no Americans have drawn up an official petition on the White House website. Official White House website rules say that every petition with 100,000 signatures will receive an official response from them.

The Senate has not set a date for the final vote to approve Tsunis as Ambassador.




Published on Sunday, 22nd June, 2014 at 15:06 under the news category, by Seaira Daniels.
Last updated on 31st December 2014 at 09:49.

This post has the following tags: georgetsunis, obama, whitehouse, sonsofnorway, oslo, ambassador, us.





  
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