Roberta Jacobson to remain Ambassador to Mexico under Trump

U.S. Ambassador has the White House’s total confidence for her understanding on the Mexican reality, asserts acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Latam
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09/05/2017
18:59
Washington D.C.
Víctor Sancho/correspondent
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The Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs of the U.S. State Department, Francisco Palmieri, confirmed today that current U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Roberta Jacobson, will remain in the post under President Trump’s administration.

“She is the ideal Ambassador to be there at this moment, there are no plans to remove her in this moment,” assured Palmieri on the 47th edition of The Summits of the Americas celebrated in Washington.

Jacobson, Ambassador to Mexico since June 2016, is according to Palmieri the “key person” to “understand” Mexico. “She is doing an excellent job in helping us understand the opportunities in Mexico,” asserted the American diplomat.

Jacobson, who before arriving in Mexico held Palmieri’s office, was designated to the Mexican Embassy by former President Barack Obama, and validated by the Senate after six months of long internal conflicts and many delays on account of political disagreements between Democrats and Republicans.

The diplomat is the first woman in the history of the U.S. on running the Embassy in Mexico, a country she knows well due to her management between 2002 and 2007 of the State Department’s Office of Mexican Affairs, followed by her being Assistant Secretary for Mexico and Canada until 2010.

Prior to Palmieri’s statement, rumors and betting games were spread in order to look for a substitute of Jacobson’s position, among the persons mentioned were: Larry Rubin, representative of the Republican Party in Mexico; Alberto González, Attorney General under George W. Bush’s administration; and Al Zapanta, President of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.

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