The White House is discussing with former Senate candidate in Michigan John James for the UN ambassador with President Donald Trump to nominate former businessman and veteran of the war in Iraq, according to three people close to the process.Talks include frequent phone calls as Trump's team is looking for a new senior diplomat after State Department spokeswoman Heather Nawer withdrew from office for the weekend, with family problems. "Trump and James have not met personally, as Narath took out her name, and it's unclear if they spoke on the phone.
The story continues below
A White House official said that James, 37, was previously second. for the position last December, before Trump to determine Nauert. At that time, James met several Trump executives, including the president, vice president and former US ambassador to the UN, Niki Hailey. James is "the beloved" of Vice President Mike Pens, a senior White House official said, and won a seal of approval from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, who took part in the debate.
James appeared at Fox News on Wednesday afternoon in what some White House officials viewed as a formal audition for the role. He uses the six-minute segment to become an experienced businessman who could cut the bureaucracy of the US to make significant reforms, and also as a person who wants to convey the vision of President America America. Trump has told counselors that he wants someone to work – recently downgraded by his cabinet rank – who agrees with his foreign policy and can be an ubiquitous presence on television.
"It is an honor for me to think and look forward to. "said James on the net, pointing out that he was a veteran of the battle and" someone who understands the growing spheres of communism around the world. "
Trump is also considering US Ambassador to Canada Kelly Knight Craft and US Ambassador to Germany Rick Grinel for the position, according to the senior White House official. Two White House officials, however, said that Grenhel, while winning the President's praise, is unlikely to intercept the job. The open-minded officer of the Greek administration of Trump has just been tapped to take a global initiative against criminalization of homosexuality in dozens of developed countries, James said on Tuesday, losing the demo race for Demo Stavanov in November last year. has long been discussed in circles as a rising star in the Republican Party. Graduate of West Point, who helped family business in Michigan, James attracted several high-ranking guests, including Trump, for him in the last weeks before the mid-term elections in 2018
His closest-than-expected performance in 2018, together with his appeal to the black communities – James is an African American – there are some people close to the White House who are encouraging Trump to choose another person for the UN so James challenges the challenge of Democratic senator Gary Peters of Michigan Spor a person familiar with these conversations.
"If he does not get it this time, I do not think it's because he does not like him because he wants him to run again." An administration official said "there is a desire to find a great league position for James , but warned that the post of "may not be appropriate for him".
Nauert decided to withdraw her candidacy last Friday partly because she believed that her previous au pair job, which was not authorized to work in the US, would further complicate the Senate confirmation process, sources familiar with her thinking [DespiteJames'spopularitywiththeWhiteHousesomeoutsidealliesareworriedthatJamesmaynothaveenoughforeign-policyexperiencerepeatingageneralcriticismofNaartwhoworkedinjournalismbeforejoiningthestateMikePompeoandDonaldTrump” data-size=”promo_xsmall_rectangle”/>
A man close to key US senators said there are members who take a deep look at choosing this position and want to make sure that the prospective candidate of the president is not tested in foreign policy. Senate Democrats reacted with almost equal disappointment to Nawer's nomination last year, saying her loyalty to Trump should not override qualifications. an absolute determinant of who can represent the United States in a powerful international organization.
"Nikki Hailey had very little foreign policy credentials before she did it and she did a great job," said James Carrafano, a national security expert at The Heritage. Foundation. "She was … quickly trained and she was a strong leader and these were the most valuable papers."
"The only difference," allowed by Carapano, is that Haley has a lot of time in the government. She knew how the government operated [and]she began doing her homework on foreign policy issues long before she was appointed to the UN. "
Like Nauert, James also has young children at home potentially complicating the move to New York. , where the official headquarters of the United Nations is located. A source familiar with the process dismissed these concerns, noting that his wife is now at home full time and that their three children are not yet of school age.
Asked about the state of the UN demand, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said POLITICO she is "nothing to announce at this time."