Trump chooses his new US Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago

The longtime chairman of the Nassau County Republican Committee and former state GOP chair is President Donald Trump's choice to serve as U.S. ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago. 

The White House announced Monday that Joseph Mondello will be nominated for the post, which requires U.S. Senate confirmation.

He will assume the position if confirmed. 

Mondello, 80, has been chairman of the Nassau County Republican Committee since 1983.

He served as chair of the New York Republican State Committee from 2006 to 2009. 

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Mondello endorsed Trump one month before the New York primary.

Trump won the primary and nearly all of the state's 95 delegates at the GOP convention. 

Aside from his political roles, Mondello is an attorney and has served as of counsel at Berkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy & Fenchel on Long Island. 

A graduate of Hofstra University and the New England School of Law, Mondello was an airman in the New York Air National Guard and a corporal in the U.S. Army. 

His employment history includes stints as a teacher in the East Meadow school district, a probation officer and assistant district attorney. He also worked as counsel to the state Legislature and a special agent in the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence. 

Mondello would be the United States' main representative in Trinidad and Tobago. 

 

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