U.S. Ambassador to Samoa to leave post

Ambassador Scott Brown, the United States' chief diplomatic representative to Samoa and New Zealand is preparing to leave his post in Wellington later this month.

Ambassador Brown’s departure comes after incumbent U.S. President Donald J. Trump lost the Presidential election last month to Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Mr. Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris are scheduled to take office on 20 January, 2020.

Ambassador Brown said he is confident Trump will be humble when he hands over the presidency to Biden, according to a Monday report from local outlet Newshub. 

Trump has continued to attack the vote-counting process from last month's election, making claims of fraud and initiating lawsuits that critics have deemed as baseless. 

Ambassador Brown said on Monday that Trump had every right to double-check the results of the election first.

“When you lose it stinks but, more importantly, you want to make sure if you lose – that you've exhausted all of your legal challenges," the Ambassador said.

But the Ambassador is confident there will be an orderly transition of power on 20 January.

"There's nothing right now that bothers me in terms of what's happening – that's all absolutely required and necessary and if he [Trump] wants to continue to file those legal challenges, great," he said. 

"There's a process and it's working."

He said he believes Trump will show humility when he eventually leaves office.

And asked if he might go for the top job himself in the future, the Ambassador wouldn't rule it out.

"I don't know what's going to happen – I don't know – do I want to be a problem-solver? Of course. Will that ever happen? I don't know, it's just so far removed I'm not even going to deal with it," he said.

The United States envoy will take up a new role at a law school when he returns to the U.S. 

He will leave for the U.S. later this month, according to the Newshub report.

It is not known who will replace the Ambassador. 


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