Rubio: ‘I don’t know’ if Nauert has 'detailed knowledge' to succeed as UN ambassador

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio Rubio The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation GOP group's ad calls on Graham to push for election security: 'Are you still trying?' Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick joins CBS News as contributor MORE (R-Fla.) said Sunday that he is not sure if President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE's nominee for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Heather Nauert, has the "detailed knowledge of foreign policy" needed to succeed in the position. 

"You know, I think she's been at the State Department now for almost two years, she's traveled extensively," he said CBS's "Face the Nation."

"I most certainly think she has the ability to do the job well, which is to be America's advocate in this international forum."


"I don't know her well," he added. "I don't know much about her work and I know she's been the spokesperson at the State Department."

He added that he's not sure if Nauert has the "detailed knowledge of foreign policy to a level that will allow her to be successful at the United Nations."

"I don't know," he said. "I need to meet with her. She needs to go through our committee and answer questions and then I'll be able to make a judgment on it."

Democrats have argued that Nauert, a former Fox News anchor, is inexperienced. 

"I would have difficulty because there are those of us that care about people's experience and qualifications," Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoOvernight 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 Democratic senator on possibility of Trump standing up to the NRA: 'That's just such BS' MORE (D-Hawaii) said Friday.

Nauert, whom Trump nominated Friday, has worked as the spokeswoman for the State Department for two years, but has no other government experience.