U.S. President Donald Trump nominated Keith Dayton to the Senate for the position of the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. Earlier, the White House press service had already announced that it was Keith Dayton who should become the U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to our country.
This concluded the almost a year-long saga of the appointment of the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, which began with the dismissal of Marie Yovanovitch.
It remains for the Senate to decide, but it seems that very soon President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky will welcome the new Ambassador of the United States.
Who is Keith Dayton?
Keith Dayton was born on March 7, 1949.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree at the College of William and Mary, and a Master's degree in History at Cambridge University, as well as a Master's degree in International Relations at the University of Southern California.
Dayton is a retired Lieutenant General. He has 40 years of military service behind him, and he retired in 2010.
At different times, Dayton served as U.S. Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Director of Policy and Strategic Planning of the Staff, Director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and Defense Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Russia.
Dayton is the henchman of Trump?
Interestingly, it seems that he is not.
At least Dayton has nothing to do with him. And he was recommended for the position of the Adviser to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine by the former U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, whom Trump had fired recently.
Dayton was not even a member of the party, neither Republican nor Democratic.
What do people say about Dayton?
The former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst said to the Voice of America that Dayton’s appointment is good news for both the United States and Ukraine.
"Dayton will be a strong Ambassador. He is a three-star General and he worked in Europe and understands the U.S. interest in supporting Ukraine in countering the Kremlin aggression. In addition, he has the support of President Trump and the Secretary of State. So he will be a wonderful ambassador," he said.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Stephen Pifer believes that General Dayton is a very good choice.
“General Dayton has been the Pentagon’s Senior Defense Adviser in Ukraine for the past few years, so he understands the situation in Ukraine. I spoke with people from the Embassy in Kyiv and they say that he understands Ukraine well. And it is not just about the conflict with Russia. It is about the broader issues of the country. So Dayton is a very good choice. "
Dayton was also the Director of the Iraq Study Group for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Recently he served as a Director at George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.
Since 2018, Dayton has been a strategic adviser to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
He speaks Russian and German.