The Republication delegation in Congress from the state of Illinois has written a letter to President Donald Trump recommending that he nominates Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter as the next U.S. ambassador to Kenya.
In a letter sent to the White House on Thursday, May 11th, the congressional delegation described McCarter as someone who has experience on the ground in Kenya, saying as ambassador, McCarter will being “reforms of USAID spending, including curtailing waste, fraud, and abuse within the program.”
“His experience on the ground in Kenya has provided him heightened insight into the governmental operations and other political, economic, and social realities of both Kenya and the larger region of East Africa…. He recognizes the strategic value of Kenya as a partner for American counter-intelligence as the country has close proximity to Somalia and Sudan, whose actions must be continuously monitored. Sen. MCarter also understands the volatile political system in Kenya and the value of a strong American presence to support fair elections is important while maintaining overall U.S. neutrality with the various Kenyan political parties and tribes,” reads in part the recommendation letter by the Illinois Republican delegation.
The recommendation letter also says Both Kyle and Victoria McCarter can communicate in Swahili and are taking continuing education to become fluent speakers of the language.
Sen. McCarter and his wife lived and worked in Kenya in the 1980s. Kyle and Victoria are the International Director and Education Director, respectively, of Each1Feed1, a non-profit organization that helps abused and abandoned children in Kenya.
“Our country has a long friendship with Kenya that began soon after the country won its independence in late 1963, and my family’s personal friendship goes back over 30 years. If President Trump selects me for this role, I would be honored to serve,” said McCarter in a statement.
To become the next US ambassador to Kenya, McCarter would need to be nominated by President Trump and receive a Senate confirmation.