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Trump Nominates Disgraced Ambassador to Represent US in Bogota

  • Philip Goldberg was ambassador in La Paz from 2006 to 2008.

    Philip Goldberg was ambassador in La Paz from 2006 to 2008. | Photo: EFE

Published 1 May 2019

In 2008, Philip Goldberg was expelled from Bolivia for allegedly conspiring against the state and declared “persona non grata."

U.S. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday his plans to nominate the former ambassador to Bolivia, Philip Goldberg, to represent the United States in Colombia.


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In a desperate attempt to replace an Obama-era official in Bogota, President Trump hardly hesitated before revealing his hopes that Goldberg would assume the role, despite the poor state the former official left La Paz following his term in 2008.

Before leaving the South American city, Goldberg was accused of conspiring against the government of Evo Morales and declared a “persona non grata” by the state. Washington has denied all conspiracy allegations and has not commented on the pending nomination. However, Goldberg will have to be approved by both the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Upper House and by the plenary.

This will be Trump’s second attempt to replace Kevin Whitaker, the ambassador to Colombia appointed during the Barack Obama administration (2009-2017).

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