Trump to nom­i­nate Don­ald Tapia as am­bas­sador to Ja­maica

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Paul.clarke@glean­

UNITED STATES Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has sig­nalled his in­ten­tion to nom­i­nate Ari­zona busi­ness­man Don­ald Ray Tapia as am­bas­sador to Ja­maica.

A state­ment from the White House yes­ter­day said that Tapia, who has served as chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Essco Group Man­age­ment, the largest His­panic-owned busi­ness in Ari­zona, for over three decades, has been tipped to fill the post, which has been va­cant since June 2017 when the ten­ure of Am­bas­sador Luis Moreno ended.

“Tapia’s phil­an­thropic efforts in­clude serv­ing on the board of di­rec­tors for the Sun An­gel Foun­da­tion and En­dow­ment at Ari­zona State Univer­sity; the Tau Kappa Ep­silon Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion Board of In­di­anapo­lis, In­di­ana; and as Chair­man of the Board and Trustee at Saint Leo Univer­sity,” it said.

“Mr Tapia will need the US Se­nate ap­proval to be con­firmed as the next am­bas­sador, of course. But there is not much on that at the mo­ment that I can say, ex­cept that it is just a nom­i­na­tion. This, as you know, means that the nom­i­na­tion can be with­drawn,” said US Em­bassy spokesman Jeremiah Knight.


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