July 11, 2019
THERE is no truth to the report that Deputy Assistant Secretary Mina Chang has been appointed as United States Ambassador to the Philippines, the US Embassy in Manila said on Wednesday.
The embassy on Wednesday issued a statement denying that Chang would replace Ambassador Sung Kim, who took the post in November 2016.
The embassy was mum on the issue on Tuesday, telling reporters to address their queries to the White House.
“In response to your inquiries, the embassy has the following statement: We’ve seen this claim. It is not true,” the US Embassy said in its statement.
“In September 2018, the White House announced the President’s (Donald Trump) intent to nominate Mina Chang to be an Assistant Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAid) for the Bureau of Asia,” it added.
It said Chang’s nomination was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in January 2019.
“There have been no additional White House announcements regarding her nomination to the USAid position,” the US Embassy added.
Chang, 32, currently serves as the deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.
Chang is an alumna of the Harvard Business School, a graduate of the US Army War College National Security Seminar, a Harvard John F. Kennedy Senior Executive in National and International Security and a former International Security Fellow at New America.
She was also chief executive officer of the nongovernment organization Linking the World before joining the US government.
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