Donald Trump Picks Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad for US Ambassador to China

Gov. Terry Branstad has a decades-long relationship with China's president.

Branstad, the longest-serving governor in U.S. history, has accepted the offer, said Miller, who noted that Trump announced the pick in remarks in New York City this morning at a fundraiser closed to the press. A formal statement announcing the pick is expected later today.

Branstad, 70, who campaigned with Trump in Iowa, met with him at Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday. Branstad's son Eric Branstad served as Trump's Iowa director.

The ambassador position will require Senate confirmation.

Terry Branstad began his second stint as governor in 2011, first serving from 1983 to 1999.