Bush to Nominate John Negroponte as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq
President Bush has announced his intention to nominate John Negroponte as the
U.S. ambassador to Iraq.
In an April 19 statement, Bush praised Negroponte's work as the U.S. ambassador
to the United Nations, describing him as "a man of enormous experience and
If he receives Senate confirmation, Negroponte would be the first ambassador at
the new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, which is slated to open following the June 30
transfer of sovereignty. At that time, the Coalition Provisional Authority will
Negroponte has served in his current position as ambassador to the United
Nations since September 2001.
Following is a transcript of the president's remarks:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
April 19, 2004
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
IN ANNOUNCEMENT OF INTENTION TO NOMINATE
JOHN NEGROPONTE TO BE AMBASSADOR TO IRAQ
The Oval Office
1:51 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Today I'm announcing my intention to nominate Ambassador John
Negroponte as the Ambassador to Iraq. Ambassador Negroponte now serves our
nation at the United Nations as the Ambassador there. He has done a really good
job of speaking for the United States to the world about our intentions to
spread freedom and peace. John Negroponte is a man of enormous experience and
skill. Therefore, I'm comfortable in asking him to serve in this very difficult
assignment. No doubt in my mind he can handle it. No doubt in my mind he'll do a
very good job. And there's no doubt in my mind that Iraq will be free and
democratic and peaceful.
So, John, thank you for agreeing to serve your country yet once again. I'm proud
of your service. Good luck to you. Thank you.
AMBASSADOR NEGROPONTE: Thank you very much, Mr. President. Thank you.
THE PRESIDENT: You bet.
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