Donald Trump picks Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as U.S. ambassador to China

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad for the key post of U.S. ambassador to China and Branstad has accepted, CBS News confirms.

Word of the selection was first reported by Bloomberg, which says Branstad is a longtime friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Fox News also had the story.

Branstad, a Republican, was seen in Trump Tower in New York Tuesday afternoon.

Trump has a “thank you tour” rally scheduled in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday.

If confirmed by the Senate, Branstad would assume the post at a time of heightened U.S.-China tensions in the wake of Trump speaking on the phone with the president of Taiwan Friday. Taiwan is self-ruled, but China claims the island nation as one of its provinces.



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