White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki expressed confidence that the Senate would soon confirm Garcetti’s nomination as US Ambassador to India, who has been put on hold by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley.

US President Joe Biden has confidence in Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and believes he will be an “outstanding representative” of the country in India, the White House has said, hoping the Senate will soon approve his nomination. confirm.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki expressed confidence that the Senate would soon confirm Garcetti’s nomination as US Ambassador to India, who has been put on hold by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley.

“He (Grassley) can’t really prevent a vote on the floor from going on. I mean, he can make his opposition known, as is the right of any senator. But Mayor Garcetti is off the committee and we hope to see a vote on the Senate floor soon,” she told reporters during her daily news conference. “The president has confidence in Mayor Garcetti and believes he will be an excellent representative in India,” she said in response to a question.

“It is of course critical that we have confirmed leadership in all our embassies, including India, and we urge the Senate to confirm him as soon as possible,” Psaki said.

If confirmed by the Senate, Garcetti, 51, would replace Kenneth Juster, who served as US Ambassador to India during the previous Trump administration. Garcetti was nominated by Biden as the country’s ambassador to India last July.

In a message to the Senate on March 10, Grassley said he plans to object to Garcetti’s appointment as US ambassador to India.

“I will object because I have received numerous credible allegations from multiple whistleblowers alleging that, while he was mayor of Los Angeles, Mr. Garcetti had knowledge of sexual harassment and assault allegedly committed by his closest adviser against multiple city employees and their employees and he ignored the misconduct,” Grassley said.

Investigators in Senator Grassley’s office are investigating what Garcetti knew about Rick Jacobs, a longtime political adviser and City Hall confidant, to women and men in and around City Hall, the Politico newspaper reported earlier this month.

“The allegations regarding the mayor’s office have been the subject of public reporting and a supposedly independent investigation. However, serious questions remain about the alleged misconduct, as well as the mayor’s knowledge of that misconduct,” he said.

“First, whistleblowers who have spoken to my office have not previously spoken to the Committee on Foreign Relations and are presenting new allegations that should be fully investigated. Second, the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office investigation reportedly found no misconduct by the mayor or his staff,” said the top Republican senator from Iowa.

However, information from multiple whistleblowers strongly suggests that this investigation was incomplete at best. The extent to which the investigation was truly independent is also not clear and the report has not been made public, he said.

“The United States owes it to the Republic of India to send them a qualified ambassador who will represent the values ​​of the United States. Mayor Garcetti may be fully qualified, but at this point the Senate needs to investigate these allegations further,” Grassley said.

Garcetti, who has been mayor of the city of Los Angeles since 2013, has traveled to India several times, most recently as a council member. At university he studied Hindi and Urdu for a year.

A Rhodes Scholar, studied at Queen’s College, Oxford and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Garcetti was selected as an inaugural Asia 21 Fellow of the Asia Society, and has taught at Occidental College’s Department of Diplomacy and World Affairs, as well as the University of Southern California’s School of International Relations.

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