Kennedy spoke with reporters at Sydney International Airport right after arriving to consider on her new part. She is due to formally current her qualifications Monday, filling a post that’s been vacant for 18 months.
Questioned if the US had drifted away from the Pacific in recent decades, Kennedy claimed she was focused on the foreseeable future.
“This is a important region in the region, and I believe the US requirements to do a lot more. We are placing our embassies back in and the Peace Corps is coming, and USAID is coming back again and we’re coming back again,” she claimed.
“We haven’t been there for a even though, but I consider that is all greatly favourable, and I assume the US and Australia functioning together will make a huge effects.”
Kennedy, the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy, was ambassador to Japan throughout the Obama administration.
The Pacific holds good private significance, she explained, “given that my father served in the Pacific and was rescued by two Solomon Islanders and an Australian coast watcher.”
“My family members legacy is one thing I’m seriously proud of, and I try out to reside up to,” she informed reporters. “I assume the truth that it implies anything to people today about the entire world helps make me genuinely happy and want to be worthy of it and do what I can to carry on the values that my father lived by.”
Asked about China’s escalating assertiveness in the location, she mentioned her concentrate was on the US partnership with Australia on difficulties like stability, financial engagement, climate alter and wellness.
“I consider that China certainly has a big presence below in the region, but I think our partnership does as effectively,” she stated.
Kennedy said she to start with visited Australia 36 decades back on her honeymoon.
She mentioned she’d heard President Joe Biden had caught COVID-19 but hadn’t spoken to him about it nevertheless.
“I wish him the best,” she claimed. “He is strong and balanced, and obviously I hear he has very gentle signs and symptoms so hopefully he will be sensation superior shortly.”
Kennedy didn’t waste time in placing the media in line. When one particular reporter commenced inquiring a dilemma although an additional was even now talking, Kennedy quipped: “Did you just talk above a woman?”
“I, I did,” the reporter responded, to typical laughter.
Kennedy also declined to reply questions about Australian sports activities, including cricket.
“Properly, I know there’s a great deal of sporting activities, in that there is a great deal of trick concerns involved in sports activities, so I am not answering any athletics queries,” she stated.
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