A new American ambassador is coming to Hungary a year and a half after former Ambassador David Cornstein left Budapest, reports Magyar Nemzet. The White House released a statement on Friday indicating that U.S. President Joe Biden had nominated David Pressman for the position.
The 45-year-old Pressman is the former director of George and Amal Clooney’s foundation and worked as a human rights lawyer for former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Between 2014-2017, under President Barack Obama, Pressman represented his country at the United Nations at an ambassadorial level. He currently works as a partner at the New York office of law firm Jenner & Block.
Pressman will have to be confirmed by the US Senate before he can begin working in Hungary, a process that typically takes months.
HVG suggests that David Pressman’s nomination may have symbolic significance: as an advocate of LMBTQ issues, he is coming to a country where the rights of the LMBTQ community have been restricted by the homophobic so-called “child protection” law.
Chargé d’affaires Marc Dillard has been heading the U.S. Embassy in Budapest since the departure of Donald Trump-nomiated David Cornstein in 2021. [HVG]