Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior will be nominated by Joe Biden to be the next U.S. ambassador to Mexico. Photo: Google


U.S. President Joe Biden will nominate former Secretary of the Interior and Colorado Senator Ken Salazar as ambassador to Mexico, the White House announced Tuesday, June 15.

Salazar’s nomination comes at a time when the Biden administration is struggling with a surging influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico board, as well as bilateral disagreements over energy, workers rights and drug smuggling concerns.

Salazar, 66, served four years in the U.S. Senate and later became secretary of the interior under former U.S. President Barack Obama.

He is currently an attorney at the Denver-based law office Wilmer Hale.

Salazar’s nomination will now go before the U.S. Senate, which must confirm him before he can assume the post in Mexico.

The White House also said that Biden intends to nominate Thomas R. Nides as his ambassador to Israel and former National Security Adviser Julie Smith as his ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).


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