Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
ROME

New US ambassador to Italy arrives in Rome

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Rome, September 13 - The incoming American
ambassador to Italy, John Phillips, who arrived in Rome on
Friday, said that he was ready "to work on strengthening the
special and important relationship that bonds the United States
and Italy, two true allies".
Phillips, a Washington lawyer and founder of the
executive committee Taxpayers Against Fraud, was appointed by
President Barack Obama in July.
"I am proud, grateful and very honored that President
Obama has chosen me to fill the post of ambassador to Italy, the
land of my ancestors," he said.
His grandparents changed their name from Filippi when they
immigrated from Italy.
"I am sure that my grandparents would be proud to know that
their grandson has returned as United States ambassador to the
great nation where they were born," he said.
Phillips added that he would focus on the issues that "most
concern our countries: economic progress and opportunities for
future generations, trade, innovation, a strong energy policy
and security for our nations".
He is married to Linda Douglass, the former director of
communications for the White House Office of Health Reform.
Phillips graduated from Notre Dame University in Indiana,
then University of California, Berkeley before setting up the
Phillips and Coen law firm in Washington in 1988.
He will take over from Ambassador David Thorne, who is
finishing his four-year term.

(photo: Ambassador John Phillips and wife Linda Douglass)

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