U.S. ambassador to China Branstad leaving post to help Trump campaign: U.S. official

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WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - U. S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad will step down to work on President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, a U.S. official familiar with the matter said on Monday, departing Beijing at a time when the ties between the world’s top two economies are at their worst in decades.

Branstad, previously the longest-serving governor of Iowa, a state in the U. S. Farm Belt which helped Trump get elected in 2016, will leave China in early October, the U.S. embassy said in a statement.

“I thank Ambassador Terry Branstad for his more than three years of service to the American people as U. S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted. “Ambassador Branstad has contributed to rebalancing U.S.-China relations so that it is results-oriented, reciprocal, and fair.”

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