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Rep. Meeks Issues Statement on Nauert’s Nomination to UN Ambassador

December 7, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, Ranking Member of the Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s nomination of Heather Nauert as U.N. ambassador:

“Heather Nauert in my estimation is not qualified or equipped to take on the position of U.N. ambassador. We are living in serious times, and with all that is happening across the world, Nauert’s experience as a T.V. personality in no way prepares her for the diplomatically sensitive work that is required of that position. This administration, I suspect, knows this, and knows the Senate will not find her qualified, and that is why Bolton, Pompeo and others are attempting a ploy to downgrade the U.N. ambassadorship so as to not require Senate confirmation.

“President Trump routinely nominated or appointed Secretaries with no knowledge or expertise over the agencies they’re heading, judges with absolutely no prosecutorial experience, and ambassadors whose lack of understanding about diplomacy have caused disastrous gaffes. This non-sense needs to stop. The Ambassador of the U.N. will have to navigate complicated relationships, many that have only grown increasingly fraught under the Trump administration. The next U.N. ambassador must be prepared to stand up for our values on the world stage, and appointing someone with Naurt’s background sends a poor message to nations around the world about the seriousness with which the U.S. conducts foreign policy.”