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CHRISTOPHER DORE: Australian Ambassador to US Kevin Rudd loses top man in Washington DC

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Christopher Dore
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Kevin Rudd has lost his top diplomat in Washington DC, less than a year after arriving in the US capital.
Kevin Rudd has lost his top diplomat in Washington DC, less than a year after arriving in the US capital. Credit: Aaron Bunch/AAPIMAGE

Kevin Rudd has not only lost his DC dignity, pantsed by the professor of political pantomime himself, Donald Trump — but it can be revealed he’s set to lose his most important diplomat in Washington.

Political circles are awash with speculation over the timing of the imminent departure from the US post of Paul Myler, the vastly experienced deputy chief of mission, the second most senior Australian envoy in DC, so soon after Rudd’s whirlwind arrival.

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The twice defeated PM hit Washington in characteristic style last year, full of enthusiasm, bridling with great expectation. Lots of things to do, loads of people to meet. Folks, I’m Kevin, and I’m here to Kevin.

It might not come as a surprise to Trump that Rudd was not a unanimous choice for the prestigious post.

Two of Anthony Albanese’s closest Cabinet confidantes were said to be dead against the idea, as were some over at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, long used to but never happy about being plagued with posthumous politicians playing plenipotentiary.

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