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LG Reynolds To Replace Branstad If Confirmed as China Ambassador

Rep. Steve King (R) says he’d consider a bid.

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Zach C. Cohen
Dec. 7, 2016, 10:22 a.m.

“Pres­id­ent-elect Don­ald Trump offered the post of U.S. am­bas­sad­or to China to” Gov. Terry Bran­stad (R), “a long­time friend of Chinese Pres­id­ent Xi Jin­ping, ac­cord­ing to three people close to the mat­ter. Bran­stad … has ac­cep­ted the of­fer. …Trump will be in Iowa on Thursday for a stop on his post-elec­tion vic­tory tour.”

“If Bran­stad is con­firmed, it would trig­ger a dom­ino ef­fect in the state that would in­clude Iowa get­ting its first fe­male gov­ernor with the as­cen­sion of” Lt. Gov. Kim Reyn­olds (R), “59, Bran­stad’s de­sired polit­ic­al heir.” (Bloomberg)

Spokes­men for Trump on a phone call with re­port­ers Wed­nes­day con­firmed Bran­stad has ac­cep­ted the post. Bran­stad’s term ends in Janu­ary 2019. Reyn­olds could seek elec­tion to a full, four-year term in 2018. (Hot­line re­port­ing)

“Rep. Steve King (R), a con­ser­vat­ive hard­liner and im­mig­ra­tion hawk, [said] on Wed­nes­day that he’s think­ing about run­ning for gov­ernor.”

King: “The thought is in my mind. Im­me­di­ately, it locks in there. … But I don’t want to send any mes­sage that I’m mak­ing plans act­ively.” (The Hill)


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