US Senate approves key Obama envoys

Last Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 2009 19:10 hrs

The US Senate on Friday confirmed President Barack Obama's ambassadors to Britain, Denmark, France, India, Kosovo, Oman, Romania and Tunisia, a congressional aide said.

Lawmakers approved the nominees by unanimous consent, a parliamentary procedure that does not require a recorded vote.

Democratic former congressman Timothy Roemer will head to New Delhi, whose relations with Washington have rapidly improved over the past decade.

Louis Susman and Charles Rivkin will head to London and Paris, respectively, amid criticisms that the two heavyweight donors to Obama's 2008 presidential campaing lack foreign policy credentials.

Susman is a former Citigroup banker in Chicago once dubbed the "vacuum cleaner" for his prowess sucking up money, while Rivkin is a former producer of "The Muppets" hit children's television show.

US ambassador residences in London and Paris have long been retreats for presidents' wealthy friends, and the White House in May defended the picks.

Laurie Susan Fulton will head to Denmark, Christopher William Dell to be to Kosovo, Richard Schmierer to Oman, Mark Henry Gitenstein to Romania, and Gordon Gray to Tunisia.



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