June 25th, 2010
08:04 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama taps Jeffrey as ambassador to Iraq

(CNN) - President Barack Obama nominated Ambassador James Jeffrey, currently the U.S. ambassador to Turkey, to be the next ambassador to Iraq on Friday.

Jeffrey has served as ambassador to Turkey since November 2008. He also served as special advisor to the Secretary of State for Iraq in Washington and was Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d'Affaires in Baghdad. He is replacing Christopher Hill, who began serving as ambassador in April 2009. It's not clear what called for the replacement.

Obama also announced that he nominated Robert Jackson to be ambassador to Cameroon and Alejandro Wolff to be ambassador to Chile. Jackson is currently the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Morocco. Wolff is the deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, a position he has held since
December 2005.

The U.S. Senate must approve the President Obama's nominations before the nominees take their positions.

Updated: 8:04 p.m.

Filed under: Iraq • President Obama
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Kelby from Houston, Texas

    I wonder if this guy will be denied due to a secret hold

    June 25, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. c Spurgeon

    and CNN continues to incite and publish all this hate.

    June 25, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. Randall in Torrance, CA - Good to see the Republicans out-of-power and another Obama nominee get appointed

    Obama should nominate Jarge Bahooooooooooosh as the Damnbassador of I-Wreck. He's the imbicile who started this whole landslide into hell and the longest war in U.S. history.

    Republicans should put on life vests and swim out to the Deep Horizon oil sucking platform and swim in the effects of their own non-regulation of the BIG OIL Companies.

    God bless the Democrats (but not the Republicans).

    In JESUS name – AMEN

    June 25, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    The GObP party will stall and stall and stall and stall and stall and stall and stall (you get the idea).

    June 25, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. ed fl

    It is loooking more and more like we made a mistake in Putting Preisdent obama in office . Here he is with majorities in congress and he can not enven get all democrats to feed the hungry and unemployed much less a couple of Gop'ers to get in line .he needs to cut out some benefits that he has been signing for GOP districts and States, He needs to be in DC more and take charge of the countries problems instead of being a Rock Star.

    June 25, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. George of the jungle

    repos will find something to complaine about wait and see.

    June 25, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |