"He has not considered the particularities of our people"

An editorial in the Dominican Republic’s El Nacional newspaper this week discussed proposals Brewster outlined in the introductory video and urged readers to stop focusing so much on the new ambassador’s sexual orientation, even though it has “generated more attention than his diplomatic mission.”

Brewster alluded to the debate during his Senate confirmation hearing last month.

“I have already begun to see the challenges and controversies I will face in this job,” he said, “but the rewards of representing the American people, creating a more prosperous hemisphere, and strengthening democracy through our evolving relationship with the Dominican Republic will be far greater than any challenge or controversy I will ever encounter.”

His arrival in the Dominican Republic this week was front-page news in many of the country’s newspapers, which also prominently discussed the arrival of his spouse.