US Ambassador Traina Arrives in Vienna: "Austria is one of America's first friends"

PeopleDiplomats ♦ Published: May 19, 2018; 18:00 ♦ (Vindobona)

The new US Ambassador to Austria, Trevor Traina, grandson of Wiley T. Buchanan, the former US Ambassador to Vienna (1975 - 1977), has arrived in Vienna with his wife Alexis. In his first statement, he underlined the close bilateral relations between the two countries: "Austria was one of America's first friends and we are here to remind everyone how important that relationship still is today - over 180 years later."

The new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Austria, Trevor Traina has arrived in Vienna with his wife Alexis. / Picture: © U.S. Embassy in Austria

The ambassador post had been vacant since January 20, 2017, when Alexa Wesner was recalled from her post. In the meantime, the responsibilities have been assigned to Eugene S. Young. It was not until January 2018 that Traina was nominated by President Trump. The Senate finally gave its approval on 22 March 2018.

He will not officially take up his duties until Thursday when he…