U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad will step down from his position after three years — The embassy said Branstad will “retire from his position as U.S. envoy and depart Beijing in early October.”
The embassy said Branstad, 73, “confirmed his decision to President (Donald) Trump by phone last week.”
Trump said during a phone call with supporters of Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) over the weekend that Branstad, formerly governor of Iowa, would be “coming home from China because he wants to campaign.”
Branstad’s son Eric, 42, was the Iowa director for Trump’s 2016 campaign and is already reportedly working on the 2020 re-election effort, a contribution the president acknowledged in his phone call before revealing the elder Branstad would be coming home.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday thanked Branstad for “his more than three years of service to the American people as U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of