Daniel Foote Biography, Wiki
Daniel Lewis Foote is an American diplomat and career member of the Senior Foreign Service who serves as the United States Ambassador to Zambia.
Early life and education
A native of Syracuse, New York, Foote graduated from Williamsville East High School in 1981. He attended Columbia University, where he was a member of the school’s football and track and field teams and graduated with a B.A. in economics.
Foote began his career as a natural gas trader and broker. In 1992, he became a Peace Corps volunteer in Sopachuy, Bolivia. He later taught high school Spanish and coached football and track in California.
In 1998, Foote joined the United States Department of State. He held positions at the State Department Operations Center, in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, at the U.S. Embassy in London, and in the U.S. consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico. He was part of the reconstruction team in Erbil, Iraq, was a management officer and political/economic chief in the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg, and was a management counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires.
Foote also completed postings at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and as leader of the provincial reconstruction team in the Maysan Governorate. He went on to lead the activities of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in Colombia. He was posted in both Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, as deputy chief of mission. In the Dominican Republic, he also served as chargé d’affaires. At the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Foote served as coordinating director, managing U.S. civilian foreign assistance and law enforcement activities in the country. In 2015, he took a role in Washington, D.C., at the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, where he oversaw operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Daniel Foote US Ambassador to Zambia
The US ambassador to Zambia has said he has been threatened over his comments on the sentencing of a gay couple, deepening a diplomatic row.
Daniel Foote said he was “horrified” by the jailing of Japhet Chataba and Steven Samba.
A judge quashed an appeal against their conviction last week, sentencing them both to 15 years in prison.
Same-sex relationships are outlawed in Zambia, where British colonial-era laws on homosexuality still apply.
Mr Foote implored the Zambian government to review the case and its homosexuality laws, but has since faced a backlash for doing so.
Zambia President Edgar Lungu
On Monday Zambian President Edgar Lungu rebuked the ambassador, saying his government will complain to the Trump administration.
The president’s outrage was echoed by Zambian Foreign Minister Joseph Malanji, who said Mr Foote’s remarks were “tantamount to questioning the Zambian constitution”.
Mr Foote, US ambassador to the southern African country since December 2017,