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Trump Pick for EU Ambassador Lauded by Karl Rove, Sen. Tillis

Trump Pick for EU Ambassador Lauded by Karl Rove, Sen. Tillis

By    |   Monday, 04 June 2018 10:33 AM

Karl Rove on Monday lauded President Donald Trump’s choice for ambassador to the European Union, The Washington Free Beacon reports.

Gordon Sondland, co-founder of Provenance Hotels, has “been actively engaged in thinking about the world for a long time," Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff to George W. Bush, told the Free Beacon. Rove first met Sondland while working on Bush’s first presidential run.

"[Diplomatic] jobs like this require you to juggle a lot of things at the same time and require you to have a sense of collegiality because you're dealing with a lot of different people, from a lot of different countries, on a lot of different issues simultaneously, and I think this is going to be one of his strengths. He's used to having a bunch of different balls in the air."

Sondland worked under former Gov. Ted Kulongoski, a Democrat, for over a decade, at one point serving as Oregon’s liaison to the White House.

"He has a good ability to work with people and to bring both sides together and I think that will be good for this country given not only what's going on in the world, but specifically in Europe," Kulongoski told the Free Beacon. "I've seen Gordon in business and he listens very well and that's what a diplomat is supposed to do—to listen well, know what the administration wants, and basically be their advocate. I think he can do that very well, he did that for me."

Sondland also has the support of Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., who he met during the senator’s 2014 campaign. Tillis noted that Sondland’s family history, how his parents fled Germany after World War II began, is particularly important.

"When you have parents who were brought up as his were, then you have to believe that part of the family tradition is understanding what can happen when these ideas take hold and understanding the reality that we're only a couple of generations away from what happened in Nazi Germany," Tillis told the Free Beacon. "Having that in the back of your mind, having that family experience and history, is just another reason why he rounds out a good resume for the job."

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Karl Rove on Monday lauded President Donald Trump’s choice for ambassador to the European Union, The Washington Free Beacon reports.
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