Senators derailed Biden from dumping head of Nobel-winning World Food Program
The Biden White House was angling to replace David Beasley, the head of the World Food Program, before an extraordinary bipartisan intervention by senators convinced the president to support extending his term, Axios has learned. Why it matters: The potential change at the top of the Rome-based United Nations agency, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020, could have complicated the WFP's ability to raise money and deliver food at a critical moment for global hunger. Behind the scenes: Beasley, a former Republican governor of South Carolina, was nominated to his job by former President Trump in 2017 for a five-year term — but did not have strong support inside the Biden White House.
Driving the news: The war in Ukraine and global pandemic have added a new degree of difficulty to the WFP's normal challenges — delivering food where fighting is fierce and droughts are persistent. What they're saying: "I urged that he strongly be considered for an extension because of what I'd seen of his effectiveness in the world and in Congress," Sen. The big picture: The WFP's executive director is one of several coveted international positions — like the president of the World Bank Group and the first managing director of the International Monetary Fund (the No.
The bottom line: Beasley has until April of 2023, but so does the White House to find a replacement who has international appeal and support on both sides of the aisle.
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