Hans Klemm stays as ambassador in Bucharest, not affected by Trump’s recall decision


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The new U.S. President Donald Trump ordered that all ambassadors politically named by his predecessor Barack Obama to be recalled. The decision is affecting about 80 American ambassadors in foreign countries and to international organizations, sources to the Independent stated.

The U.S. Embassy in Bucharest retorted that the ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm is not targeted by the new president’s decision, as he is a career diplomat.

“The order is not applied to ambassador Hans Klemm who is a career diplomat”, says the US Embassy to Romania.

Hans Klemm took over the ambassador position in Bucharest in September 2015, after some years when the USA has no ambassador here.

Hans G. Klemm, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, was a Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Management at the Department of State.

Previously, Ambassador Klemm served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department’s Bureau of Human Resources from 2012 to 2015. Before that, he was Senior Coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in 2012, and Senior Coordinator for Rule of Law and Law Enforcement at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2010 to 2012.

He also served as the U.S. Ambassador to Timor-Leste from 2007 to 2010. Prior to that, Ambassador Klemm served as Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan from 2006 to 2007, and as Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Career Development in the Bureau of Human Resources from 2004 to 2006. He was a participant in the Senior Seminar at the Department’s Foreign Service Institute from 2003 to 2004, Director of the Office of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Textile Trade Affairs in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs from 2001 to 2003, and Deputy Director of the Office of European Union and Regional Affairs in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs from 2000 to 2001. Ambassador Klemm’s earlier assignments with the Department of State included postings in Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Trinidad and Tobago. Ambassador Klemm received a B.A. from Indiana University and an M.A. from Stanford University.

His predecessor was Mark Gitenstein, who concluded his mandate on December 14, 2012.


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