Rubio vows to delay nominees for Biden’s ambassador to China and Spain

Its. Marco RubioMarco Antonio Rubio On Money – Biden Ends Infrastructure Week Senate Republicans Ask Colleagues To Reject Government Spending Bills Without Hillicon Valley Border Wall Funding – Biden Signs Security Bill telecommunications MORE (R-Fla.) He said Tuesday that he’ll walk slow President BidenJoe Biden Biden Reaffirms His Commitment To Taiwan’s ‘One China’ Policy In Call With Xi Biden Raises Human Rights With China’s Xi During Four-Hour Biden Meeting, Xi Holds ‘Candid’ Discussion Amid Highs tensions MOREnominated to be US ambassadors to China and Spain, the Senate Republicans’ last hurdle to the State Department elections.

Rubio said he had suspended the nomination of Nicholas Burns to be ambassador to China and the nomination of Julissa Reynoso Pantaleón for ambassador to Spain.

Rubio, in a statement, said he believed Burns, who previously worked at the State Department during the George W. Bush and Clinton administrations, had a career “defined by a lack of understanding of the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party. “.

Rubio called Reynoso a “sympathizer and apologist” of the Castro government in Cuba and “has absolutely no right to be in our government.”

“I am sure … that Reynoso will not pressure Spain to increase pressure on the authoritarian regimes of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela,” he added.

Reynoso serves as first lady Jill bidenJill BidenOvernight Health Care: The Race for Boosters Jill Biden Calls on Parents on Biden Children’s COVID-19 Vaccines to Celebrate Thanksgiving on Nantucket MOREchief of staff and assistant to the president. Previously, she served as Ambassador to Uruguay and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean in the Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs under the Obama administration.

Rubio’s decision to extend the two ambassador nominations marks the latest setback for Biden’s elections at the State Department.

Its. Josh hawleyJoshua (Josh) David Hawley A Congressional Committee is Rejecting Partisanship to Protect State Votes The Republican Party Delves into Blocking Biden’s Diplomatic Elections Good Republicans in Government May Be the Last Hope for Democracy MORE (R-Mo.) He promised earlier this year that he would slow down Biden’s elections for the Departments of Defense and State unless the Secretary of State Antony blinkAntony BlinkenBiden Raises Human Rights With China’s Xi During Four-Hour Meeting With Biden, Xi Holds ‘Candid’ Discussion Amid High Tensions Republicans Call For Dozens Of Biden Officials To Testify On Afghanistan MORE and national security advisor Jake sullivanJake Sullivan Biden Raises Human Rights With China’s Xi During Four-Hour Meeting With Biden, Xi Holds ‘Candid’ Discussion Amid High Tensions Night Defense And National Security – Presented By Boeing – Russia’s Top Weapons Tests Fuel Up tensions MORE resign after Afghanistan’s departure from administration.

And the senator Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz On the money – Biden ends infrastructure week Senate Republicans ask colleagues to reject government spending bills without border wall funding Democrats face steep rise in Texas as O’Rourke mounts the governor’s bid MORE (R-Texas) has vowed to block the swift confirmation of State Department nominees for their opposition to the administration’s resignation to sanctions imposed by Congress on a Russian gas pipeline.

Cruz has allowed some State Department nominations, including ambassador nominations for former Sens colleagues. Jeff flakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane Flake The Senate confirms Thomas Nides as US ambassador to Israel Flake, Cindy McCain among the last of Biden’s ambassadors confirmed after a delay that Flake donated unused campaign funds to a non-profit organization. Arizona Profit Focused on Elections: MORE Report (R-Ariz.) And Tom UdallTom UdallSenate Confirms Thomas Nides as US Ambassador to Israel Flake, Cindy McCain Among Latest Confirmed Biden Ambassadors After Delay Night Defense: Milley Warned Trump Against Iran Strikes | Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer Killed in Afghanistan | 70 percent of active duty military at least partially vaccinated PLUS (DN.M.), move fast.

The Republican blockade of the State Department elections has frustrated Democrats and the Biden administration, who have warned that it is undermining the ability to promote America’s interest abroad. There are currently more than 50 State Department nominees awaiting a vote in the Senate.

“The Republicans who are retaining these nominees are endangering our national security, making it difficult for our country to respond to threats at home and abroad,” said the Senate Majority Leader. Charles schumerChuck Schumer Christie: Trump’s rhetoric on stolen elections led to January 6 attack Senate Republicans call on colleagues to reject public spending bills without border wall funding Schumer pressures Biden to take advantage of the oil reserves to reduce gas prices MORE (DN.Y.) said in the Senate earlier this month.

And Rubio’s decision to stop Burns is a blow to what appeared to be a path to getting confirmed quickly.

Both Cruz and Hawley have said they would not block the advance of Burns’ confirmation vote, and he left Foreign Relations earlier this month.

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