State Dept. appoints Rich Nephew as anti-corruption czar

Secretary of State Antony Blinken tapped a wealthy nephew — or slightly, Wealthy Nephew — to a high anti-corruption place this week, and sure, the brand new rent is conscious of the irony. 

“Alright, I’ve heard a *lot* of ‘nephew’ jokes in my time, however that is straight-up hilarious and had not occurred to me till now,” the brand new coordinator on international anti-corruption tweeted on Tuesday, after MSNBC writer and editor Hayes Brown responded to information of the appointment by posting: “I’m sorry however ‘Wealthy Nephew’ is a really humorous title for an anti-corruption czar.”

Nephew’s function focuses on “the combat in opposition to corruption throughout all elements of US diplomacy and overseas help.” 

Regardless of the seriousness of the place and Nephew’s in depth background within the diplomatic corps — together with a stint as deputy particular envoy for Iran — different social media customers additionally couldn’t get previous the title.

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The brand new rent claims he’s conscious of the irony.
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Nephew himself has additionally poked enjoyable at his title and new title.
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“I feel that we are able to all agree that it’s humorous to place ‘Wealthy Nephew’ accountable for your anti-corruption efforts,” Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy wrote. “That is one thing we are able to all nonetheless unite round, sure?”

“‘Wealthy Nephew’ looks like one thing I’d learn within the public declaration of a Ukrainian official describing who ‘gifted’ them their palatial property, Rolex assortment, and metallic coloured G-Wagon,” Politico’s Ukraine warfare correspondent Christopher Miller wrote

“Irony discovered useless in Miami,” tweeted Miller’s Politico colleague, Alex Guillen. 

“It’s in all probability laborious to construct a profession in anti-corruption when your title is actually ‘Wealthy Nephew,’” added former Division of Schooling spokesperson Angela Morabito.

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Nephew was appointed to the brand new function by Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“Creating and filling this place demonstrates the significance the USA locations on anti-corruption as a core nationwide safety curiosity and reiterates the central function international partnerships play on this combat,” Blinken mentioned in saying Nephew’s rent. 

Nephew is returning to the State Division from Columbia College, the place he was a senior analysis scholar on the Ivy League faculty’s Heart on International Power Coverage.

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