McCarter Recommended for U.S. Ambassadorship to Kenya

Politics
May 17, 2017

Current Illinois State Senator and International Director of Each One Feed One, Kyle McCarter has been recommended for appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Kenya.

Republican members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation delivered a letter to President Donald Trump May 11 recommending Sen. McCarter.

“This is a great honor and humbling experience to be recommended to continue representing the United States of American in this new role,” McCarter said. “Our country has a long friendship with Kenya that beginning soon after Kenya won its independence in late 1963. My family’s friendship goes back over 30 years.

If President Trump selects me for this role, I would be honored to serve,” McCarter said.

The letter from the Republican Members of Congress from Illinois notes Senator McCarter’s long history of working in Kenya, including founding the Each One Feed One International charity in Tharaka, Kenya.

“Through his work in Kenya, he has experience negotiating with tribal chiefs and other dignitaries, along with logistical and other administrative experience working with the Kenyan government. Additionally, he has experience working with USAID and other organizations, including Compassion International within Kenya to provide health care for over 3,000 Kenyan children.”

Senator McCarter and his wife, Victoria have worked in Kenya for over 30 years. Each One Feed One International’s efforts in Kenya include an elementary school for children K-8 and assistance for hundreds of abandoned, abused and orphaned children. The charity also provides a medical clinic with comprehensive health care and support to those suffering from HIV and malaria. Additionally, the clinic provides baby immunizations and well-baby education, treating as many as 18,000 patients a year.

The Illinois Congressmen wrote that McCarter would ensure U.S. taxpayer dollars are well-spent in the country, and he will bring accountability to the aid program benefiting Kenyans “…his experience on the ground in Kenya has provided him heightened insight into the governmental operations and other political, economic, and social realities of both Kenya and the larger region of East Africa.

He has outlined specific ideas for reforms of USAID spending, including curtailing waste, fraud, and abuse within the program,” the letter stated.

The letter from the Illinois Republican Congressional Delegation was presented to the White House May 10.

The Ambassador post requires U.S. Senate confirmation.

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