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Mina Chang nominated to join USAID, not next ambassador to Philippines

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United States President Donald Trump wants to assign American diplomat Mina Chang to the U.S. Agency for International Development for the Bureau of Asia, not deploy her as the next US Ambassador to the Philippines.

According to the US Embassy in Manila, the reported looming appointment of Chang as the next US ambassador to the Philippines was “not true.”

“We’ve seen this claim. It is not true,” the embassy said in a statement.

“In September 2018, the White House announced the President’s intent to nominate Mina Chang to be an Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development for the Bureau of Asia. The nomination was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in January 2019,” it added.

So far, the embassy said there have been no additional White House announcements regarding Chang’s nomination to the USAID position.

Presidential Spokesman and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel earlier was delighted to learn about the news about Chang’s appointment. He appeared smitten with Chang, praising her beauty and intellect.

“Did you hear about the incoming… I don’t know if true, the incoming US Ambassador? Beautiful, maganda, golfer pa, Harvard pa,” he told reporters at the Palace.

“Ewan ko, basta iyon ang sabi eh. Nakarating na rin sa inyo ha. Exciting times ” he said.

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