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

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump UN pick donated to GOP members on Senate Foreign Relations panel Nunes on Mueller report: 'We can just burn it up' 18 state attorneys general call on Justice Dept to release Mueller report MORE (R-Fla.) said Sunday that he is not sure if President TrumpDonald John TrumpBarr faces political storm over Mueller report The Memo: Mueller findings boost Trump 2020 hopes Senate gears up for Green New Deal vote 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 HironoCitizens lose when partisans play politics with the federal judiciary Warren, Harris, Gillibrand back efforts to add justices to Supreme Court Liberal commentator: Trump's warning that supporters could play tough is a 'violent dog whistle' 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.