August 30, 2017
The Trump administration is considering naming the current head of U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris, as the next ambassador to Australia.
Harris was first tipped as a possible candidate for the job by former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.
Bannon supported Harris’s goal of strengthening America’s presence in the Asia Pacific to counteract China’s aggression.
U.S. officials say the Australian government is growing more concerned that President Trump has yet to appoint an ambassador more than seven months into the administration.
While a decision has yet to be made, Harris is in the last year of his three year tour and is set to retire early next year.