President Biden will nominate former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake as his ambassador to Turkey, bringing in a senior Republican to help emphasize his bipartisan instincts on foreign policy.
Why it matters: In picking Flake, Biden is putting his trust in a former politician to handle one of America’s most challenging relationship in NATO.
- “Given the strategic importance of the United States’ relationship with our long-time NATO Ally, the Republic of Turkey, I am honored and humbled by the trust President Biden has placed in me with this ambassadorial nomination,” Flake said in a statement.
- “This is a pivotal post at an important time for both of our countries."
- Flake, along with Cindy McCain, had long been considered potential picks to help Biden show his commitment to bipartisanship, Axios reported in February.
The big picture: Flake, a two-term senator from Arizona, endorsed Biden at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, after deciding he wouldn’t run for reelection in 2018.
- He clashed frequently with then-President Trump and openly questioned his future in the party.
- "There may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party," he told the Arizona Republic.