Caroline Kennedy, the only surviving child of President John F. Kennedy, is reportedly to be announced as the next US ambassador to Australia.
American news website Axios, citing “people familiar with the matter” reported “Caroline Kennedy is lining up to become US Ambassador to Australia,” while the AP said US President Joe Biden was “seriously considering” Kennedy to be nominated for a high-profile ambassador role in Asia.
Kennedy was formerly the US Ambassador to Japan during the Obama administration.
The White House declined to comment.
Kennedy, a scion of one of America’s most high-profile political families, threw her support behind Biden relatively early in the busy 2020 Democratic primary process.
Along with her uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy, she also offered critical early endorsement to Obama in his 2008 run for the White House.
Born in 1957, Caroline is the only surviving child of former President Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline. She was only five when her father was murdered in Dallas in November 1963.
It was the first in a series of tragedies for the privileged but ill-fated American family. A brother, Patrick, died in infancy in 1963. Her uncle Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, and another brother, John, died in a plane crash in 1999.
Axios has reported that Biden was considering another Kennedy, Ted Kennedy’s widow, Vicki, for an ambassador post in Western Europe.
Australia’s previous ambassador to Australia, Arthur Culvahouse Jr, terminated his appointment with the end of Trump’s presidency in January this year.
Before his appointment, the post was vacant for nearly two and a half years after John Berry, appointed by Obama, left.
The US mission to Australia is currently led by Chargé d’affaires Michael Goldman.
Biden is expected to announce his first major installment of political ambassador nominations soon, White House officials said.
The AP has previously reported that it is expected to appoint former senior State Department official Nicholas Burns to serve in China, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in India, former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Japan and former Deputy Secretary of State. Tom Nides for Israel.
Ken Salazar, a former colleague of Biden in the Senate and Obama-era Secretary of the Interior, is a candidate for Mexico’s ambassadorship.
Cindy McCain, the widow of Republican Senator John McCain and a longtime friend of the president and first lady, Jill Biden, is being considered for an ambassadorial position, including leading the UN’s World Food Program.