The White House administration began choosing the candidacy of a new ambassador more than 3 months ago, after Michael McFaul announced his intention to leave this post immediately after the completion of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
The list of main applicants included three diplomats: directly from Kiev John Tefft, State Department Special Representative for Energy Carlos Pascual and head of the Arms Control Center of the Brookings Institute Stephen Peifer. A nuclear nonproliferation specialist also claimed the post of ambassador to Russia. weapons Rose Gottemoeller.
In the end, after consultations that lasted almost the entire previous month, the choice fell on Tefft.
Jon Tefft as states "The New York Times" they consider the negotiator not inclined to compromise. He often criticized Moscow’s policies, especially after the situation around the Crimea.
This indicates that the White House finally decided on the diplomatic tonality towards Russia.
From Twitter Michael McFaul:
If this (appointment - note "IN") happens and his candidacy is approved, then Tefft will be a wonderful ambassador, one of the best. Perfect choice.