YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The White House insists on maintaining its nominartion of Richard Hoagland as US ambassador to Armenia, U.S. charge d’affaires in Armenia Rudolph Perina told Armenian journalists Wednesday.
He said the Senate will have to voice its position on this issue.
Recent press reports, especially in the Glendale-based California Courier, said Hoagland was about to be reassigned to another country. The story in the California Courier cited several confidential but highly reliable sources to ground the rumor.
The reports said the decision was made after Hoagland’s candidacy was twice blocked by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Both times Sen. Robert Menendez from New Jersey placed hold on Hoagland’s nomination.
The negative attitude towards Richard Hoagland’s nomination is connected with his reported denial of the Armenian Genocide in response to questions posed during and after his June 2006 confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.