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

Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe Senate Dems blast Barr for 'clear violation' of duty in Stone case, urge him to resign What the impeachment vote looked like from inside the chamber MORE (D-Hawaii) sharply criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpAdvisor: Sanders could beat Trump in Texas Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments What coronavirus teaches us for preventing the next big bio threat MORE's selection of State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to succeed Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyI'll sit out this presidential election because of the yahoos running Nikki Haley hires Heritage Action chief to run her policy group Latest Bolton revelations are no game-changer 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.