The confirmation comes nearly three years after Ambassador Dwight Bush left Morocco.
Rabat – The US Senate has confirmed David Fischer as US ambassador to Morocco. Fischer’s confirmation on Thursday, December 19, comes after Morocco has been without a US ambassador for nearly three years.
President Donald Trump nominated Fischer as ambassador to Morocco in November 2017, but the US Senate, which has to approve all presidential nominations for ambassadors, did not confirm Fischer until yesterday.
After a time of consideration, the Senate confirmed Fischer’s nomination by a voice vote.
David T. Fischer is a businessman from Michigan who owns a car sales business and contributed $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration fund.
In August 2018, the Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations began hearings on Fischer’s nomination. However, the Senate did not confirm the nominee. During the hearing, senators questioned Fischer about a lawsuit against his business and requested additional documentation from him.
As a businessman, Fischer said during the August 2018 hearing that he would work “with the aim of widening the opportunities for [American] companies.” Morocco is the only country in Africa to share a Free Trade Agreement with the US.
Fischer also highlighted Morocco as one of the US’s oldest allies in his previous hearing, saying the US-Morocco treaty is the “longest, unbroken treaty relationship in the United States’ history.”
At the end of the Senate’s session, the legislative body had not set a date for further hearings and returned all pending nominations to the presidency, according to the Senate’s rules.
The previous ambassador, Dwight Bush, served as the US ambassador to Morocco under President Barack Obama and announced his departure after President Trump’s election to office in 2016. Bush left Morocco in early 2017.