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

Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoHillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Dems introduce bill to tackle 'digital divide' Overnight Energy: Collins receives more donations from Texas oil, gas industry than from Maine residents | Interior chief left meetings off schedule | Omar controversy jeopardizes Ocasio-Cortez trip to coal mine MORE (D-Hawaii) sharply criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE's selection of State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to succeed Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyPollster says Trump unlikely to face 'significant' primary challenge Trump blocked renomination of Obama-era UN racism official, won't pick a replacement: report Trump says he considered nominating Ivanka to lead World Bank 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.