David Cohen Promoted to Ambassador to Canada

President Trump announced on October 1 that he had chosen Miami lawyer David Cohen to serve as the new U.S. Ambassador to Canada. Cohen, a personal friend of President Trump, left Florida politics in…

David Cohen Promoted to Ambassador to Canada

President Trump announced on October 1 that he had chosen Miami lawyer David Cohen to serve as the new U.S. Ambassador to Canada.

Cohen, a personal friend of President Trump, left Florida politics in late July to join Trump’s international legal firm, Jones Day.

President Trump cited Cohen’s “incredible reputation for integrity” in announcing the new ambassador.

In a Facebook post on August 9, Cohen said he “[didn’t] even get this job without asking very very hard questions and I did.”

Cohen called his work at Jones Day “‘very, very difficult and challenging work but my firm and I are excited about my new work as an Ambassador-at-Large for the United States.”

“Being a witness before the public in the past has forced me to become a better and better communicator,” Cohen continued. “The valuable information I have been given by the people I have had the pleasure of working with has enabled me to become an even better diplomat.”

Cohen and Trump have known each other since Cohen was the leader of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, and they worked together on the 2016 presidential campaign.

Cohen was the only candidate Trump interviewed for the ambassador job after former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie withdrew his name from consideration.

The White House presented Cohen’s letters of credence to Queen Elizabeth II at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Canada on September 21, according to The Washington Post.

Cohen served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida in 2006 and 2007.

He has a law degree from Fordham University.

David Cohen was appointed to a Judicial Panel on Narcotic Drugs in 2007 and received a medal for service from the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2006.

In addition to his law work, Cohen is chairman of the Florida-based Holiday Inn and Ramada Hotels.

Cohen served as a director of El Valle Florida Corporation for a period of one year from June 2, 2011, to June 2, 2012.

The Democratic Party argued in court papers that the U.S. Senate would receive less information from Cohen if he were appointed ambassador to Canada.

Evan McDiarmid, general counsel for the Democratic National Committee, said in court papers filed October 29 that Cohen “is both an attorney and a lobbyist.”

McDiarmid noted that Cohen is not on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is the committee that is involved in the nominations.

President Trump said that the Senate “follows the rules.”

“If he’s a lobbyist, he would be” but that the Senate “would follow the rules and they would look into his background,” he said.

I am pleased that David Cohen is joining our administration to serve our great Nation as our next Ambassador to Canada. He is a highly respected lawyer who will do a fantastic job representing our Nation! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2018

There are very few specialties in the political world as well respected as being a lobbyist. David is one of these, and I look forward to working with him to ensure our nations best interests are represented. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2018

Cohen will assume his new post in mid-January 2019.

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