External Affairs

Trump to Nominate Kenneth Juster as US Ambassador to India

If nominated and confirmed by the Senate, Juster will replace Richard Verma who served as ambassador until in January.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 28, 2017. Credit:Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 28, 2017. Credit:Reuters

Washington:President Donald Trump today announced his intent to nominate Kenneth I Juster, a top economic aide and an expert on India, as the US ambassador to India.

In June, the White House said that Juster, 62, will be the US’s new ambassador to India.

Kenneth Juster. Credit: WikiVisually

Juster, who is the deputy assistant to the US president for international economic affairs and deputy director of his National Economic Council, would replace Richard Verma if nominated and confirmed by the Senate.

The position has been lying vacant since January 20 when Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the US.

Juster has previously served as under secretary of commerce from 2001-2005, counselor (acting) of the State Department from 1992-1993, and deputy and senior adviser to the deputy secretary of state from 1989-1992.

In the private sector, he has been a partner at the investment firm Warburg Pincus LLC, executive vice president at Salesforce.com, and senior partner at the law firm Arnold & Porter.

He has also served as chairman of Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and as vice chairman of The Asia Foundation.

Juster holds a law degree from the Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in Public Policy from the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard College.

(PTI)