Before becoming ambassador to Iceland, Gunter had no diplomatic experience. He is a dermatologist in California, well-off, and an important Republican donor. According to diplomats familiar with the situation, Gunter has created an increasingly unsustainable working environment in the Embassy of Reykjavik since he took office in May 2019, and has even changed seven deputies. However, U.S. State Department officials said that because of Gunters close relationship with the White House, they were not good to take any measures.
The report also said that in February, after attending a meeting in the United States, Gunter refused to return to Iceland and started a vacation. After that, Gunter asked to work remotely from his home in the United States. In the new crown crisis, he appointed a diplomat in Iceland to fill his post temporarily. A U.S. State Department spokesman told CBS that Gunters vacation had been arranged for a long time, and that his inability to return to Iceland was due to objective reasons for the outbreak. However, according to people familiar with the matter, Gunters refusal to return to Iceland is actually very complicated, saying that Gunter hinted that he would not return to the island unless ordered by Secretary of state pompeio himself. After many senior officials failed to persuade Gunter to return to Iceland, pompeio contacted him personally.. In May, Gunter finally returned to Iceland. Recently, the U.S. Embassy in Iceland published a job advertisement in Icelandic newspapers looking for local full-time bodyguards..
Iceland is one of the most peaceful countries in the world, according to the global peace index, the daily mail of Britain reported on the 27th. Icelandic law is strict with firearms. In addition to passing the physical and psychological assessment, an individual who legally holds a gun needs to study the gun safety course and obtain a gun license.