Biden met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey in June as a part of his diplomatic swing via Europe and has sought to clean out the tensions between the 2 nations in recent times, although Biden infuriated Turkey earlier this yr by formally recognizing the Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Empire over a century in the past.
Flake served as one in all a number of distinguished GOP surrogates for Biden in the course of the 2020 presidential marketing campaign, alongside folks like Cindy McCain — the widow of the late Sen. John McCain, who served alongside Flake from Arizona up till his dying in 2018.
Flake and Cindy McCain had been amongst these symbolically censured by the state Republican Celebration for operating afoul of former President Donald Trump within the months after the election. Ex-senators usually take pleasure in a genial reception from their former colleagues in the course of the affirmation course of, however it’s attainable that Flake’s criticisms of the previous president might elevate hackles from Republicans — or Trump himself.
Like Flake, McCain was rewarded by the Biden administration for her assist with a nomination to an ambassadorship. Final month she was tapped to serve because the U.S. consultant to the United Nations Companies for Meals and Agriculture.
Flake elected to not run for reelection in 2018 after he overtly criticized Trump for failing to stick to conservative ideology, making him a frequent goal of the then-president’s invective. Flake served one time period within the Senate after representing Arizona within the Home for greater than a decade.
Additionally on Tuesday, Biden introduced plans to appoint Kent Logsdon, a profession Overseas Service officer, to function ambassador to Moldova. Earlier this month Biden nominated political thinker Amy Gutmann as ambassador to Germany, and in addition introduced his choices to symbolize the U.S. in Kosovo and Ghana.
Nahal Toosi contributed to this report.