The US ambassador to Brazil, Todd Chapman, announced this Thursday (10) that he will retire and will leave the head of the diplomatic representation in Brasília in 30 days.
“Serving the United States is an honor and has defined my life. With mixed emotions, I wrote yesterday [quarta-feira, 9] to President Joe Biden to inform me of my decision to retire from public service after a 30-year career for positive personal reasons,” Chapman wrote on Twitter.
In the post, he also highlighted the work carried out in eight countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia, acting both in the governments of Republican and Democratic presidents.
“I will spend my next 30 days in Brazil actively doing my part as US ambassador to continue advancing the Brazil-US relationship, stronger than ever, in the positive direction it is taking,” he said. A career diplomat, Chapman arrived in Brazil during the Donald Trump administration.
When he leaves the US Foreign Service, the representation will be headed on an interim basis by diplomat Douglas Koneff. With the departure, it will be up to Biden to appoint a new ambassador to Brazil, and the profile of the replacement will be a strong indication of what Washington expects for the bilateral relationship.