Date
20 August 2017
Vincent Tsui (left) gets soaking wet for charity but US envoy Clifford Hart (inset) cannot accept Tsui's challenge. Photo: HKEJ, Facebook
Vincent Tsui (left) gets soaking wet for charity but US envoy Clifford Hart (inset) cannot accept Tsui's challenge. Photo: HKEJ, Facebook

Ice bucket dare: Why US envoy to HK won’t take it

The United States has prohibited its officials from taking part in the ice bucket challenge although the game originated in the country.

Clifford Hart, the US consul general to Hong Kong and Macau, said he is not able to take part in the ice bucket challenge “as federal government ethics rules prevent us from using our public offices no matter how worthy the cause is”.

So, high-ranking State Department officials are unfortunately unable to participate in the ice bucket challenge, he told EJ Insight in an email reply.

This came after Hart was nominated by marketing writer Vincent Tsui on Sunday.

US President Barack Obama was challenged earlier but he chose to donate money instead.

Only US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro and US ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman have taken the challenge, media reports this week said.

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