Trump nominates first ambassador to Sweden

American president Donald Trump has nominated the founder of payment service Paypal as the country's ambassador to Sweden, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday.

Trump nominates first ambassador to Sweden
US President Donald Trump, pictured in the Oval Office. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP/TT

Sweden has not had an American ambassador since January 2017 when Trump took office.

The 42-year-old Ken Howery is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist from Texas, who co-founded Paypal together with Elon Musk and was also a co-founder of a San Francisco-based venture capital firm.

Howery's appointment is not yet official though, as he must be confirmed by the US Senate before he can take on the role.

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