US Senator confirms opposition to presidential nominee

Hopes for the near two year wait for a US ambassador to take up office in Prague to end soon have been dealt a further blow according to Czech Radio on Thursday. President Barack Obama’s nominee, advisor Norman Eisen, was blocked in the Senate by a Republican Senator Charles Grassley. Hopes that this was just an election ploy ahead of mid-term elections for Congress have evaporated. The senator’s office has confirmed to Czech Radio that he is sticking by his stance with diplomatic sources saying that Mr. Eisen’s appointment to the Prague post is now looks unlikely and that another candidate will have to be found. The long delay in filling the post is regarded as a serious flaw in Czech-US relations.

Author: Chris Johnstone