From the art world from Washington to Lisbon. Ambassador’s photo

Ensuring the security of Americans in Portugal, deepening economic ties and working together to solve common existential challenges – highlighting “any major challenge posed by the People’s Republic of China to our national security” and “Russia’s destabilizing activities.” These were the three priorities identified by Randy Charno-Levine at her Senate hearing and which secured her confirmation as US Ambassador to Portugal. Philanthropist and cultural diplomat, who until recently served as commissioner and member of the Executive Committee for Special Projects at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, will soon arrive in Lisbon to become the second woman to lead the diplomatic representation of the United States. capital. With this choice, President Joe Biden is following in Lisbon’s tradition of appointing a presidential ambassador rather than a career diplomat.

Presented by the White House as a “defender of the arts and leader of cultural diplomacy,” Levine succeeds George Glass, the ambassador-designate by Donald Trump who left the embassy after the Republican president’s departure in January 2021. Chargé d’Affairs Christine Kane performs the highest US diplomatic posts in Portugal. And it’s a very feminine embassy that Levine will now join. Even if she is the second woman to hold this position, after Elizabeth Bagley, who between 1994 and 1997 was the US ambassador to Portugal under Bill Clinton.

Emphasizing the role of the family, from Grandfather Joe, who left Poland at the beginning of the twentieth century and settled in Brooklyn, a New York borough where his father, Eddie Charnow, had a pharmacy, through his husband Jeff – president and founder of the construction firm Douglaston Development and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jewish National Fund – UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – And his children, Ben, Jessica and Dara, as well as their spouses, not forgetting his grandchildren, Ellie and Orly, reassured his Senate hearing that he would do everything he could “to serve our great country and lead the mission of the United States to one of our most trusted partners.” Members of the Levins family, who according to US media split their time between Manhattan, Washington and Arizona, were important funders of Democrat Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign.

The new ambassador stressed the long-standing relationship between the two countries, recalling that Portugal “has been a strong partner of the United States for more than 200 years and was among the first countries to recognize the independence of the United States.” Levin also does not forget the fact that the US Consulate in the Azores is the oldest in the world in continuous operation. It is also headed by a woman – Consul Catherine Hammond, who said in July 2020, on the 225th anniversary of the opening of this diplomatic representation, in an interview with DN: “I never stopped to think about how, when I opened this consulate to me the first time, Thomas Jefferson was Minister Our State Department, and George Washington was president.”

Place was roughly John Quincy Adams

Now, Randy Charno-Levine is also coming in to occupy a place that was on the verge of becoming the future President of the United States. In fact, John Quincy Adams was appointed by George Washington in 1796 to work at the embassy in Lisbon. But if his photo appeared in the gallery of former ambassadors, then the person who later became the sixth president of the USA did not serve in Portugal. When he was chosen as ambassador—at the time, he called himself a minister—his father, John Adams, had been elected president. It was the second in the history of the Republic after George Washington. Instead of traveling to Lisbon, young Adams, then 30, received a letter from his father asking him to wait for further instructions. In November 1797, he was appointed ambassador to Prussia and left for Berlin, where he spent four years. Luisa, Quincy Adams’ English wife, had already shipped furniture, books, and clothes to Lisbon, but the problem was resolved.

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