President Trump on Wednesday announced his ambassador picks for Somalia and Nicaragua, aiming to reduce the number of vacant ambassador positions.
Trump nominated Donald Yamamoto to be the ambassador to Somalia and Kevin Sullivan to be the ambassador to Nicaragua.
Yamamoto heads the Bureau of African Affairs within the State Department.
He served as the U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia from 2006-2009 and Djibouti from 2000-2003.
The Trump administration this year stepped up ongoing American military intervention in Somalia.
The move follows violent clashes between the government and Al Shabaab, an Al Qaeda-aligned Islamist group.