Terry Branstad, Trump's Ambassador to China, is Stepping Down

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Diplomat is leaving his position overseas. Correspondent Karen Travers explains the US ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, will step down from that diplomatic post in early October. Branstad, the former governor of Iowa, has served in that role since mid 2017. The embassy said in a statement. He informed the president of his decision to step down in a phone call last week. Branson has had a long relationship with China's President XI dating back to his days as governor in the 19 eighties. But there have been tensions between President Trump and President XI as the two nations work toward a trade agreement and went tit for tat on tariffs. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not give a reason for Branstad's departure or any announcement about a potential successor.

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