China Welcomes Its ‘Old Friend’ Terry Branstad as Donald Trump’s Pick for U.S. Ambassador

Charlie Campbell

“Governor Branstad’s decades of experience in public service and long-time relationship with President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders make him the ideal choice to serve as America’s ambassador to China,” Trump said in a statement. Iowa exported $2.3 billion in goods and $273 million in services to China last year, according to the U.S.-China Business Council, making China the Hawkeye State’s second biggest export market after Canada.