United States President Donald Trump has appointed Jeffrey Ross Gunter as ambassador to Iceland, RÚV reports. The post has been unoccupied for one and a half years since the departure of Robert Barber.
Gunter is a doctor and speaks Spanish, French, and Dutch in addition to English. He has been a strong supporter of Donald Trump, contributing financial donations to his election campaign. Gunter is also on the Board of Directors of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
The United States Senate has yet to approve the appointment. A new home for the embassy is currently under construction in Reykjavík, complete with bullet-proof glass and thick security walls around the property. The building is projected to cost ISK 6.7 billion ($62m/€55m).