January 6, 1998 |
The Clinton administration has apparently picked veteran diplomat Jeffrey Davidow, assistant secretary of state for Latin America, as ambassador to Mexico, senior administration officials said. Davidow has been ambassador to Venezuela and Zambia. President Clinton's first pick for the job was ex-Massachusetts Gov. William F. Weld, whose nomination was blocked last year by Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.).
September 8, 1997 |
Former Massachusetts Gov. William F. Weld said the refusal of Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) to hold hearings on his nomination to be ambassador to Mexico is "just not the American way." Weld, in an interview on ABC-TV's "This Week," contended that he is making headway in his battle with Helms. Helms, the conservative head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has denied Weld a hearing, insisting his support for needle-exchange programs and medical use of marijuana shows he is "soft" on drugs.
June 28, 1998 |
After more than a year, Mexico is finally getting a new U.S. ambassador. The Senate approved, by voice vote and without debate, career diplomat Jeffrey Davidow to be ambassador to Mexico. He is expected to take his post in early July. Administration officials have said there is no foreign relationship more important than Mexico, given the array of cross-border issues, including trade, narcotics trafficking and migration problems.
May 2, 1998 |
Returning from Latin America aboard Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's plane at night recently, a department press aide wrestled with questions from reporters about U.S. legislation on Caribbean tariffs. The aide admitted that he knew little about it. "Well, get Davidow," an exasperated reporter said. "He's probably sleeping," the aide said. "Then wake him." In moments, the aide returned with Jeffrey Davidow, assistant secretary of State for Latin American affairs.
July 24, 1997 |
Despite stiff resistance, President Clinton nominated Massachusetts Gov. William F. Weld on Wednesday to be U.S. ambassador to Mexico. Weld's future is uncertain. Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, promises to block confirmation hearings, and the depth of White House support is questionable.
September 13, 1997 |
It was American democracy on full display and it was not pretty. With all the civility of a college food fight, Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), the crusty chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, squared off Friday against William F. Weld, the aloof former Massachusetts governor who wants to be ambassador to Mexico, in a verbal slugfest that began with a brief committee hearing and later spilled into the hallways outside.