Iowa GOP Statement on Governor Terry Branstad’s Appointment as U.S. Ambassador to China
DES MOINES-- Preceding a visit to Des Moines on Thursday, President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition team announced that Iowa Governor Terry Branstad had been chosen to serve as the U.S. ambassador to China.
“I commend President-Elect Donald Trump for his decision to appoint Governor Terry Branstad as America’s ambassador to China,” stated Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann. “Over the decades as Governor, Terry Branstad has forged a unique and lasting relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping. He is immensely qualified to strengthen the United States’ relationship with China and to promote economic prosperity and cultural understanding between the two nations. On a personal note, it is an honor to call Governor Terry Branstad a dear friend, and I wish him the very best in this future endeavor.”
Additionally, Co-Chairman Cody Hoefert stated, “While Iowans will certainly miss Governor Branstad and his extraordinary service and leadership in this state, all Americans are incredibly fortunate to have the Governor serve in this critical leadership position.”