Trump tapping Scott Brown to be New Zealand ambassador

Trump tapping Scott Brown to be New Zealand ambassador
© Greg Nash

President Trump announced Thursday he is nominating Scott Brown to serve as ambassador to New Zealand.

Reports first surfaced in February that Brown, a former Republican senator from Massachusetts, was under consideration to serve in the post.

Brown was also a rumored pick for Trump's secretary of Veterans Affairs, but the position was ultimately given to David Shulkin, who led the VA's healthcare system during the Obama administration.

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Brown backed Trump early in his campaign.

Brown was elected to the Senate a 2010 special election following the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D).

Two years later, he was unseated by Democrat Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley — Presented by Connected Commerce Council — Incident reporting language left out of package Exporting gas means higher monthly energy bills for American families Senators turn up the heat on Amazon, data brokers during hearing MORE.

He lost another Senate race in 2014, when he ran in New Hampshire.