US ambassador to South Korea announced by White House

Days ahead of a White House visit from South Korean President Moon Jae-in, President Trump announced Friday his nominee for ambassador to the country.

The president said he intends to nominate Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., who currently serves as the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, to be the American ambassador to South Korea, according to a statement from Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. poses for a photo at his office in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Harris said the first overseas deployment of the USS Freedom, the Navy's newest ship, demonstrated the U.S. commitment to focus on the Asia and Pacific region while also teaching the Navy lessons about maintaining the vessel. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. is the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, the White House said.  (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

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Harris, who currently resides in Hawaii with his wife, is “a highly decorated, combat proven Naval officer with extensive knowledge, leadership, and geopolitical experiences in the Indo-Pacific region,” the statement said.

Over the course of 40 years, Harris has “served in every geographic combatant command region,” it continued, and he has commanded the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the U.S. Sixth Fleet and VP-46, among others.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, right,  attends their trilateral summit with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at Akasaka Palace state guest house in Tokyo, Japan May 9, 2018. The summit is expected to focus on North Korea's nuclear program and on improving the sometimes-frayed ties among the three northeast Asian neighbors. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool Photo via AP)

South Korean Moon Jae-in is expected to visit the White House on Tuesday.  (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool Photo via AP)

Trump’s announcement comes as he prepares to host the South Korean president on Tuesday, marking the third summit for the leaders.

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The schedule meeting “affirms the enduring strength” of the “alliance and deep friendship between our two countries,” the news release said.

Trump and Moon are expected to discuss the upcoming meeting between the U.S. and North Korea, set to be held on June 12 in Singapore. However, that meeting was recently called into question after North Korea threatened to pull out of talks.

Fox News’ Jon Decker contributed to this report.