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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).

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