Joseph Macmanus

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Joseph Macmanus
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Executive Secretary of the United States Department of State
In office
August 4, 2014 – June 15, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byJohn Bass
Succeeded byLisa D. Kenna
Coordinator for Iran Nuclear Implementation
Acting
In office
July 21, 2015 – September 25, 2015
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byStephen Mull
8th United States Ambassador to the United Nations International Organizations in Vienna
In office
September 27, 2012 – August 4, 2014
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byGlyn Davies
Succeeded byLaura Kennedy (Acting)
Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs
Acting
In office
January 20, 2017 – December 20, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byJulia Frifield
Succeeded byMary Kirtley Waters
In office
March 14, 2011 – August 4, 2011
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byRichard Verma
Succeeded byDavid Adams
Personal details
Born1953 (age 66–67)
Alma materUniversity of Notre Dame
University at Buffalo

Joseph Estey Macmanus[1] (born 1953) is an American diplomat who served as Executive Secretary of the United States Department of State from 2014 to 2017.[2] Prior to that, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to International Organizations in Vienna from 2012 to 2014,[3] as well as interim coordinator for efforts to implement President Barack Obama's Iran Nuclear Deal in 2015.[4] He was President Donald Trump's nominee to become United States Ambassador to Colombia.[5] This nomination was reported favorably by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in May 2018, but was returned to the President at the close of the 115th Congress without consideration by the full Senate.[6] In May 2019, it was announced that Philip Goldberg would replace Macmanus as nominee to be the next United States Ambassador to Colombia.[7]

Career[edit]

Macmanus is a career foreign service officer, having entered the Foreign Service Institute in 1986. In his time at the State Department, he served as top aides to former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs from 2005-2008, and again from 2011-2012.[8]

President Barack Obama appointed Macmanus to serve as U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations, as well as its representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in December 2011.[9] He came to international attention in 2013 when he accused Iran of deception at a meeting of the IAEA,[10] and then, with the Canadian, Australian and New Zealand envoys,[11] stormed out of the meeting after Iran criticised Israel.[12][13]

On November 29, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Macmanus to serve as the United States Ambassador to Colombia.[14][15] His nomination as Ambassador drew criticism from Senate Republicans who did not want President Trump to nominate someone who worked closely with former Secretary Hillary Clinton.[16] In May 2019, it was announced that Philip Goldberg would replace Macmanus as nominee to be the next United States Ambassador to Colombia.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PN1007 — Foreign Service". U.S. Congress. December 19, 2007. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  2. ^ United States Department of State. "Joseph E. Macmanus (1953–)". Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  3. ^ U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. "Statement for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee" (PDF). Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  4. ^ POLITICO. "Kerry picks overseer for Iran deal". Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  5. ^ Washington Examiner. "Trump under fire for nominating Benghazi-connected Obama holdover to ambassadorship". Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "PN1280 — Joseph E. Macmanus — Department of State". U.S. Congress. January 4, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individuals to Key Administration Posts". The White House. May 1, 2019. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  8. ^ United States Department of State. "Joseph E. Macmanus". Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  9. ^ The White House. "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  10. ^ Fox News. "US accuses Iran of 'deception and delay' with nuclear program]". Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  11. ^ Mike Blanchfield. "Canada, key allies storm out of UN nuclear meeting in protest of Iran's 'Israeli genocide' remarks". Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  12. ^ Reuters. "U.S. envoy to IAEA storms out of meeting over Iran's Israel remark]". Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  13. ^ MarketWatch. "AJC Praises Ambassadors' Walkout on Iran's Israel Remarks at IAEA". Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  14. ^ Diplopundit. "Trump to Nominate Career Diplomat Joseph E. Macmanus to be U.S. Ambassador to Colombia". Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  15. ^ Colombia Reports. "US' new ambassador, Joseph Macmanus, facing tough job in Colombia". Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  16. ^ Washington Free Beacon. "Conservatives Urge Trump Not to Name Former Top Clinton Aide Ambassador to Colombia". Retrieved December 26, 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Verma
Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs
Acting

2011
Succeeded by
David Adams
Preceded by
John Bass
Executive Secretary of the United States Department of State
2014–2017
Succeeded by
Lisa Kenna
Preceded by
Julia Frifield
Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs
Acting

2017
Succeeded by
Mary Kirtley Waters
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Glyn Davies
United States Ambassador to the United Nations International Organizations in Vienna
2012–2014
Succeeded by
Laura Kennedy
Acting
New office Coordinator for Iran Nuclear Implementation
Acting

2015
Succeeded by
Stephen Mull