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ARGENTINA | 23-03-2018 17:33

US Senate confirms Edward Prado as ambassador to Argentina

Prado will officially fill the vacancy that has laid vacant since Noah Mamet's exit, after the election of Donald Trump to the White House.

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.

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