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US Ambassador to Thailand quits after Biden inaugurated

Tanutam Thawan

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The US Ambassador to Thailand seems to have quit after only serving less than 1 year in office and moments after President Biden’s inauguration. Michael George DeSombre, who was appointed by President Trump in early 2020, made the announcement of his departure on the embassy’s official social media platform yesterday. A day before, he met with PM Prayut to “thank the Royal Thai Government” as is customary with departing ambassadors. DeSombre succeeded career diplomat Glyn T. Davies.

“It has been a privilege serving as the United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand. I am exceedingly proud of all we have done to strengthen the US-Thai relationship. I am signing off now from this account and leaving it in the good hands of our Embassy staff.”

Now, as the US Embassy official website names Chargé d’Affaires Michael Heath as its diplomatic mission leader, it is not known when a new ambassador will be chosen by the Biden administration.

Just last year in October, DeSombre wrote, on the same day that President Trump tested positive for the virus, that he was less than supportive of a full-blown shutdown.

“The evidence over the last six months shows that the costs of a really extreme shutdown are generally worse than the benefits and it is better to keep the economy running.”

According to Wikipedia, DeSombre co-founded Republicans Overseas for Americans abroad in 2013 in which the organisation focuses on tax reform. Upon his appointment as Ambassador, DeSombre stated that his office would primarily encourage the economic partnership between the two countries, with a focus on American investments and Thailand’s infrastructure projects and supply chains.

He has also said that US firms were interested in increasing investments in Thailand, including in areas under the 1966 Amity treaty. Thailand and the US established relations in 1818 and later formalised the ties in 1833.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

 

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24 Comments

24 Comments

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    I don’t blame him. The Go Go bars are mostly closed and if they are not they close at midnight.

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    James Pate

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    Good riddance to a political appointee.
    “Republicans for Tax Reform”! Translation: “We keep our money and take yours.” Please send another career diplomat, Mr. Biden!

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    Mister Stretch

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    He was a poor resp for a poor presidential administration.

    Good riddance. Our country deserves better, and Thailand does, too.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    Byeeee!

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    Slugger

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    A spy who lost his contacts. Good riddance.

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    gosport

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    The Go Go bars lost patron

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    neanderthal trash

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    Filthy caucashit dirtbags in the comments. Going back to the caves and catacombs with COVID-ridden euroPEONS is in order

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      Geoff

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:29 am

      Good to see the standard of comments has improved.

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    Roger C

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:00 am

    James, are you one of those Democrats Abroad dopes?

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      James Pate

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 1:33 pm

      No.

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    RA

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 8:47 am

    I am one Republican that’s ecstatic that Trump is gone, hopefully for good. Trump was a stain on the office. I watched, for my first time, a full inauguration in joy of his defeat.

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      Don jones

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:38 pm

      Yeah you happy Biden is going to allow the caravans in and rejoin the hard left WHO

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      Don jones

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:42 pm

      Yeah more illegals and rejoin the WHO bet you are over the moon.Just like Soros Bidens sponsor

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      Don jones

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:45 pm

      The hard left will now wreak havoc Bidens just their puppet until Harris takes their orders

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        Mark

        Monday, January 25, 2021 at 9:36 am

        Wow don Jones a trump.pimp

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    Alexandra

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 9:14 am

    The Ambo was appointed by Trump. So when Trump goes, so do the appointee’s. This happens with every President. Yes, even with Obama and Bill Clinton. The real issue is World Economic Forum and the massive debt of those countries. Unsustainable. Good luck Biden covering for the kleptocrats.

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      James Pate

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 1:32 pm

      Yes, but the President can choose either a career diplomat or some random political appointee. Thailand is the USA’s 20th largest trade partner (last time I checked, maybe lower now) so, not the highest priority. Have a look at some of loser political appointees in Europe. I would prefer another Glyn Davies here.

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      Maverick

      Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 10:06 am

      The plumb postings like Thailand go to political appointees and as a means of rewarding donors

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    Mads

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Yeah, I am sure he is proud of having supported Trump’s regime. He will be remembered for that!

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    Strider

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 8:20 am

    Pity he didn’t support more rights for American expats like, coverage of Medicare insurance overseas. Americans overseas are considered Non-citizens when it comes to social programs and even in the private sector with no access to banking if one does not have an American address.

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      Maverick

      Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 10:06 am

      The plumb postings like Thailand go to political appointees and as a means of rewarding donors

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      Maverick

      Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 10:08 am

      That’s no difference to British expats they have no access to NHS ( unless they go home in a dingy via Dover beach) or UK banking system without UK address

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    Randy

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 11:45 am

    Thank God….Asia don’t need a appointed Scam ambassador like him…spread lies and untruefull remarks here….like his Boss…..I am going for a good celebration to honour his departure…Again..I thank God….

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    Stardust

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Yes it is time to show what democracy means and what will happen not to respect human rights. Bad boys bad boys what you gonna do when they come for you!

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