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Trump to Nominate ‘Papa Doug' Manchester as Ambassador to Bahamas

"Papa Doug" Manchester, a prominent San Diego developer, has a long history with San Diego

President Donald Trump announced Monday his intent to nominate "Papa Doug" Manchester, a prominent San Diego developer, as ambassador to the Bahamas.

If confirmed, Manchester will serve as "Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas," according to a statement released by the White House.

Manchester has a long history with San Diego, having developed Navy property in Downtown San Diego into the twin towers of Manchester Grand Hyatt. In 2011, he purchased the U-T San Diego. He later purchased The North County Times in 2012.

Manchester also voiced his support for Trump, who as a Republican presidential candidate visited San Diego on his campaign trail, calling him “the smartest man I know."

In January 2017, Manchester was honored by the USO for his work with the organization. At the event, he told a story of how he would hand his business card to active-duty military members in Iraq and would offer them a night's stay at the Manchester Hyatt when they returned home.

Manchester is a graduate of San Diego State University.

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