09 Feb '18, 9pm

[email protected] Adm. Harry Harris Jr. is completing a three-year assignment as head of @PacificCommand

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will nominate the top U.S. military commander overseeing the Asia-Pacific region as the next ambassador to Australia, the White House announced Friday. Navy Adm. Harry Harris Jr. is completing a three-year assignment as head of U.S. Pacific Command, where his tough stance on North Korea and Chinese military adventurism drew notice and approval from the Trump administration. Australia is a plum diplomatic posting that sometimes goes to presidential donors or friends, but the post has been vacant since Trump's inauguration. Australia, a close ally, was increasingly concerned last year that the vacancy signaled a downgrade in relations. Trump erupted during a phone call a year ago with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and later tweeted that an Obama-era agreement for U.S. resettlement of some refugees detained by Australia was a ...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/trump-taps-adm-harry...

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