US Embassy says “not true” that US State Dep’t official Mina Chang would be replacing Ambassador Kim

(File photo) US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim answers questions during the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) forum in Manila on October 26, 2017./ AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS


(Eagle News) — The United States Embassy in Manila said that it was not true that US State Department deputy assistant secretary Mina Chang would be replacing the incumbent US Ambassador Sung Kim.

“We’ve seen this claim. It is not true. In September 2018, the White House announced the President’s intent to nominate Mina Chang to be an Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development for the Bureau of Asia,” the US embassy statement said on Wednesday, July 10.

It said that the USAID position has been referred to the Foreign Relations Committee of the US Senate last January.

It said that the White House did not give any additional announcement

Various reports in Tuesday and Wednesday floated that Chang could be the next US Ambassador, with even Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo commenting on the information circulating at the time.