Caroline Kennedy, the only surviving child of President John F Kennedy, is reportedly in line to be announced as the next U.S. ambassador to Australia.
The US -based news website Axios, quoting “people familiar with the same thing” reported: “Caroline Kennedy is in line to become U.S. ambassador to Australia”, while the AP said U.S. president Joe Biden, “gave serious consideration ”in nominating Kennedy to a high-profile ambassadorial. role in Asia.
Kennedy was previously the United States ambassador to Japan during the Obama administration.
The White House declined to comment.
Kennedy, a scion of one of America’s highest -profile political families, threw his support behind Biden relatively early in the crowd’s main Democratic process.
Along with his uncle, senator Ted Kennedy, he also offered a critical early endorsement to Obama during his run for the White House in 2008.
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Caroline, born in 1957, is the only surviving child of former president Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline. He was only five when his father was killed in Dallas in November 1963.
This is the first in a series of tragedies for the privileged but unfortunate family in the US. One brother, Patrick, died young in 1963. His uncle Robert Kennedy was killed in 1968, and another brother, John, died in a plane crash in 1999.
Axios reported that Biden was considering another Kennedy, Ted Kennedy’s widow Vicki, for an ambassadorial posting in western Europe.
Former Australian ambassador Arthur Culvahouse Jr., completed his appointment to end Trump’s presidency in January this year.
Prior to his appointment, the position was vacant nearly two and a half years after the departure of Obama -appointed John Berry.
The U.S. mission in Australia is now headed by chargé d’affaires Michael Goldman.
Biden is expected to immediately announce his first chief nomination of political ambassadors, according to White House officials.
The AP previously reported that he hopes to appoint former state department official Nicholas Burns to serve China, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti to India, former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel to Japan, and former deputy secretary of state Tom Nides of Israel.
Ken Salazar, a former colleague of Biden in the Senate and the secretary of the interior department during the Obama era, is a candidate for ambassador to Mexico.
Cindy McCain, the widow of Republican senator John McCain and a longtime friend of the president and first lady, Jill Biden, is being studied for an ambassadorial position, including leading the UN World Program in UN.