Dem senator slams Nauert's lack of 'qualifications' for UN ambassador

Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoFemale Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Trump tweets video mocking Dems not cheering during State of the Union New battle lines in war over Trump’s judicial picks MORE (D-Hawaii) sharply criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE's selection of State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to succeed Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyHeather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN ambassador job United Methodist churches may cut ties with denomination over push to allow LGBT ministers Nikki Haley: ‘I’m too young to stop fighting’ MORE as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Friday.

Hirono questioned Nauert's qualifications and said she would have "difficulty" supporting her to be America's top representative at the U.N. in an interview on CNN's "New Day" with host John Berman.

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"I would have difficulty because there are those of us that care about people's experience and qualifications," Hirono said. "I do not know that being loyal to the president is the uppermost qualification. It is for the president, but it isn’t for me."

Trump officially tapped Nauert on Friday after weeks of speculation.

"Heather Nauert will be nominated for the ambassador to the United Nations," the president said Friday.

His selection of Nauert would elevate the Fox News alum, who has no government experience other than her tenure as State Department spokeswoman, to a high-profile public position.