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.
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.