U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Japanese business leaders at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo in May, as U.S. Ambassador William Hagerty listens. Photo: AP file
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Trump says U.S. envoy to Japan Hagerty to run for Senate

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U.S. Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty will run to be the next Tennessee senator, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter on Friday, giving Hagerty his strong endorsement.

The longtime Republican senator from Tennessee, Lamar Alexander, announced in December he would not seek re-election in 2020.

"Tennessee loving Bill Hagerty, who was my Tennessee Victoy (sic) Chair and is now the very outstanding Ambassador to Japan, will be running for the U.S. Senate," Trump said on the social network.

"He is strong on crime, borders & our 2nd A. Loves our Military & our Vets. Has my Complete & Total Endorsement!"

Embassy spokesman Jonas Stewart declined immediate comment.

After replacing Caroline Kennedy in July 2017, Hagerty has held the job for two years during which the United States and Japan have engaged in tough trade negotiations.

A Tennessee native who founded a private equity firm, Hagerty Peterson, and spent several years in Japan with the Boston Consulting Group management consultancy, Hagerty later served in the White House of former President George HW Bush.

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And from the Senate to the President?

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It seems Trump is too busy to give a hell about spelling, punctuation, or grammar.

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loves our military but never served - just like trump

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Quite the classic "deer in headlights" look on Hagerty. Next, look at who just was posted to head the EPA.

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I once saw a beautiful lady. Southern, charming, and sassy like some Japanese women. I found the courage to approach her.

Hi here! Are you by any chance from Tennessee?

No...why?

Because you’re the only ten I see.

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Quite the classic "deer in headlights" look on Hagerty. Next, look at who just was posted to head the EPA.

He didn’t know he was running for the Senate until just then... Trump still hasn’t told him what he is supposed to eat for dinner yet.

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Has Trump had a face lift? He looks different but sounds the same

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I've constantly appreciated US ambassadors in Japan.  I remember how much Ambassador Roos helped by being with us with his kind and dedicated actions during the Great Earthquake I still can't see his name without tears. He is truly a great man. Ambassador Kennedy helped us by letting US president Obama know what kind of person PM Abe actually was when Abe was simply labeled as "revisionist" on American news media. Ambassador Hagerty, while being between President Trump and PM Abe both very strong and unpredictable figures, did the tough job to maintain good US Japan relationship. Unspectacular but heavy duty job he accomplished.

They are all tough but sincere, honest, dedicated Americans, Great "symbol" of America in Japan.  

I wish Good Luck on Ambassador Hagerty's Senate Election. Thank you Ambassador.

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This kinda shows how the US values Japan.

Instead of sending career diplomats or security experts, the US sends celebrities to Japan as reward for political loyalty.

Obama sent Caroline Kennedy, while Trump sent William Hagerty, a private equity investor rewarded for his campaign donations. And the Obama appointee before Caroline was also a finance man.

The US never does this to countries that it considers to be important, like Russia and China.

Heck, even Korea got diplomacy/security pros for its ambassadors.

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The US Senate has been rightfully described as the world's most exclusive millionaires' club.

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Considering Trump's history, I'm guessing that we will look forward to months without an ambassador.

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This kinda shows how the US values Japan.

Instead of sending career diplomats or security experts, the US sends celebrities to Japan as reward for political loyalty.

This is actually a matter of some debate, as to which is better - an ambassador that is an expert for the country they're posted to, or an ambassador that isn't necessarily an expert but is close/connected to the President and has their ear. There's also the fact that ambassadors have become significantly less important with the advance of technology, as issues can now be handled by higher ranking officials thanks to various means of instantaneous global communication.

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loves our military but never served - just like trump

And just like Obama - except he didn't love the military.

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