The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of John Rakolta Jr. on Tuesday to become President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
Rakolta, of Bloomfield Hills, is a prominent Republican fundraiser and heads up Detroit-based Walbridge Aldinger, a construction company that builds factories and other large-scale projects around the world.
He is also a prominent member and previous business honoree of Alianta.
He was confirmed on a vote of 63-30 with seven senators not voting Tuesday afternoon. Michigan’s two senators — Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both Democrats — voted for Rakolta’s confirmation.
He takes over at a time of unrest in the Middle East. The UAE and another U.S. ally, Saudi Arabia, have worked closely together, including battling Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen, but the sides have shown signs of splitting recently over some strategy and tactics.
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