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Hoekstra named ambassador for the Netherlands

The Associated Press • Jul 24, 2017 at 10:26 PM

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will nominate Pete Hoekstra, a former Republican congressman from Michigan’s Ottawa County, to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands.

Hoekstra previously served as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was the ranking Republican on the Committee until 2011, the White House said.

Trump also picked career diplomat Justin Siberell to serve as ambassador to Bahrain. Siberell is the current acting coordinator for counterterrorism at the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the State Department. He has worked throughout the Middle East.

The White House also announced that Trump has selected former New York Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Trump's picks must be approved by the Senate.

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