‘I look forward to contributing to the relationship between our two countries’

President Donald Trump’s first U.S. Ambassador to Canada, David A. Cohen, called Governor General Julie Payette on Monday to accept the job of America’s Ambassador to Canada.

Cohen was sworn in on Monday, along with his first cohort of U.S. ambassadors, filling up newly created roles created in the aftermath of the appointment of Mr. Trump as president.

The night before the ceremony in Parliament, I celebrated my first night as Ambassador at Rideau Hall. I received a tremendous welcome from Prime Minister Trudeau and his wife, Sophie, as well as the First Lady and their children. Upon entering the Governor General’s Chateau Laurier residence, I was presented with my approval letter, called in front of my colleagues and was formally welcomed by the Governor General.

I felt a strong sense of preparation and respect for the position, for Canada, and the immense contributions of her people.

As a father of three teenage daughters, who often express support for the new U.S. administration’s family-friendly policies, I also feel proud to see them included in the election in my country, of the first African-American family to hold the highest office in our country.

It is a great honor to serve the American people and I look forward to contributing to the relationship between our two countries.

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