Portland's Ueland State Dept. nomination withdrawn
The Trump administration has withdrawn the nomination of Eric M. Ueland of Portland to be the under secretary of state for management.
The withdrawal was announced Monday, June 18, in a White House press release. No reason was listed for the withdrawal.
Ueland grew up in Portland and graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1988. He held several Senate staff positions between 1989 and 2013, serving as chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican. In 2013, Ueland worked as the Senate Budget Committee's Republican staff director under Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Alabama Republican.
Ueland also worked on the Trump transition team.
He was nominated to the position during the tenure of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who resigned March 31 and was replaced by Mike Pompeo.
The Washington Post reported in March that "eight of the top 10 State Department jobs are vacant, and some of the people Tillerson managed to get nominated, such as Susan Thornton and Eric Ueland, could have their nominations pulled."