US President Joe Biden is considering nominating George Tsunis, founder and CEO of Chartwell Hotels, as the next ambassador of the United States to Greece, as reported by the Associated Press.
According to two sources in the agency, George Tsunis was nominated by Barack Obama in 2013 to serve as ambassador to Norway but abandoned his plans following a “difficult” confirmation hearing by the Senate.
During the Senate confirmation hearing, Tsunis admitted that he had not visited Norway and that he had mistakenly referred to the country’s head of government as “president” rather than “prime minister.”
The White House is considering Tsunis’ candidacy at the suggestion of US Senator Robert Menendez, according to agency sources.
It is recalled that Robert Menendez is the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with significant influence in the process of nominating ambassadors.