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).