After two years, the US may appoint a new ambassador to NL

US president Barack Obama is still keen to appoint major Democratic party fundraiser Timothy Broas as new ambassador to the Netherlands, according to American media.

USA Today reports that Obama has again nominated Broas for the job, a year after the lawyer withdrew following an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. The posting still has to be approved by the senate.

Broas, a lawyer specialising in white-collar crime cases, raised at least $700,000 for the president’s two presidential campaigns, the paper said.

The US has not had an ambassador in the Netherlands since Fay Hartog Levin left in September 2011.

The NRC reported last year that the failure to appoint an ambassador to the Netherlands could hit the relationship between the two countries.

The Netherlands is the third biggest foreign investor in the US.

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