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

Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoRubio: ‘I don’t know’ if Nauert has 'detailed knowledge' to succeed as UN ambassador Overnight Defense: Nauert tapped for UN envoy | Trump teases changes to Joint Chiefs of Staff | Trump knocks Tillerson as 'dumb as a rock' | Scathing report details Air Force failures before Texas shooting Dem senator slams Nauert's lack of 'qualifications' for UN ambassador MORE (D-Hawaii) sharply criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpAustralia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israeli capital, won't move embassy Mulvaney will stay on as White House budget chief Trump touts ruling against ObamaCare: ‘Mitch and Nancy’ should pass new health-care law MORE's selection of State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to succeed Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyShowdown at the Security Council? North Korea evading US sanctions: report Haley: I used Trump’s ‘unpredictable’ behavior to my advantage at UN 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.