Biden appoints ambassadors to Canada, Slovenia and Austria – .

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Pending Senate confirmation, Biden chose David Cohen as his ambassador to Canada. After the Canada-U.S. Border remained closed for more than a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Canada recently announced that it will open its borders to fully vaccinated Americans starting next month. The Biden administration on Wednesday extended non-essential travel restrictions for its northern and southern borders until August 21. Aides warned that lifting travel restrictions would not be a reciprocal process.

Cohen is currently a senior advisor to the CEO of Comcast. He was previously a partner lawyer and worked in the mayor’s office in Philadelphia. He is also a Biden donor who hosted his first official fundraiser as a presidential candidate at his home in the Philadelphia area.

Biden hired his longtime friend Victoria Kennedy, the widow of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, for the post in Austria. The late Kennedy was a mentor to Biden, who often spoke of him enthusiastically and compared him to a “big brother.”

For Slovenia, Biden selected Jamie Harpootlian, the wife of prominent lawyer, politician and longtime Biden supporter Dick Harpootlian. In the past, she has been called upon by the Department of Justice to serve as a hearing officer on the 9/11 Compensation Fund.

Cohen and Kennedy were part of Biden’s bundlers, as was Dick Harpootlian.


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