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

Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDemocratic senators introduce bill to block Trump 'public charge' rule Overnight Health Care: Juul's lobbying efforts fall short as Trump moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes | Facebook removes fact check from anti-abortion video after criticism | Poll: Most Democrats want presidential candidate who would build on ObamaCare Lawmakers urge DNC to name Asian American debate moderator MORE (D-Hawaii) sharply criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE's selection of State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to succeed Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyJuan Williams: Why does Trump fear GOP voters? Can Carl DeMaio save the California GOP? Treasury: US deficit tops trillion in 11 months 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.