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President Trump says Ambassador Hagerty to run for Senate in 2020

  • July 13, 2019
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei Kyodo News , Jiji Press
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Kyodo News reported on Saturday that President Trump tweeted on Friday: “Tennessee loving Bill Hagerty, who was my Tennessee Victory Chair and is now the very outstanding ambassador to Japan, will be running for the U.S. Senate,” professing his “Complete & Total” endorsement. Kyodo also cited U.S. media reports saying the Ambassador is widely expected to enter the race. NHK, TV Asahi, TBS, Fuji TV, and Jiji Press reported on Saturday on the President’s tweet. All national newspapers except Nikkei reported on Sunday that the Ambassador is likely to resign from his post and then run in the senate election, so all eyes will be on the Trump administration’s choice of his successor. Sankei observed that, with the President’s support, he stands a good chance of getting elected. Asahi quoted an unnamed USG official as saying that in view of the fact that his four children will start school in September in the U.S., he will probably make a decision this summer. Nikkei filed on Saturday an online report from Washington saying that since he took up post in 2017, the Ambassador’s efforts have resulted in an increase in Japanese direct investment in the U.S. by $50 billion, which has been greatly appreciated by the President. The report also cited a CNN story on Friday saying the Ambassador is being considered as a replacement for Secretary Pompeo if the Secretary decides to run for the Senate next year.

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