What Susan Thornton’s nomination means for East Asia diplomacy
The appointment brings a degree of stability back to the rocky ship of State
Susan Thornton, current Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, has been nominated by the Trump administration to serve as Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
Her nomination is not expected to be accompanied by radical policy changes, but it does mark something of a return to normalcy for Rex Tillerson’s ailing State Department.
Earlier in the year, Thornton was specifically mentioned as a target for removal by Steve Bannon. Her nomination indicates both a departure from Bannon-style policies over the Asia-Pacific region and a slight return to the status
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