Edward Prado, former federal judge and Trump’s appointee to be the US ambassador to Argentina, was confirmed by the US Senate Thursday night.
The 70-year old judge was confirmed by a voice vote, and seeing as he is a moderate Republican and sailed through the circuit court judge confirmation process in 2003 with a 97-0 vote in the Senate, strong opposition to his nomination was not expected.
Through comments in various interviews and his 2003 confirmation hearing, it’s clear Prado is a strong believer in the US judicial system, rule of law and the Constitution.
“Compared to everything else there is, our system is pretty darn good,” Prado said in a 2011 interview with the University of Texas Political Science Department. “We are way ahead of everyone else. There is a lot of envy out there of our system.”
Prado grew up speaking Spanish at home in a predominantly Latino neighbourhood in west San Antonio, Texas. Politically, Prado is generally considered centre-right.
The United States Embassy in Buenos Aires has not had an ambassador since Barack Obama-era appointee Noah Mamet left the job in January 2017, resigning his post following Trump’s election.