Iraq War veteran who lost Senate race could replace Haley
Trump reportedly considering Michigan businessman John James for the position of UN ambassador.
US President Donald Trump is considering Michigan businessman John James, who lost a November election to Senator Debbie Stabenow, to replace United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, The Detroit Newsreported on Monday.
James, a Republican from Farmington Hills, tried to unseat Stabenow, a Lansing Democrat, in a traditional Democratic presidential state that helped Trump win the presidency in 2016. He lost to the incumbent senator 46 to 52 percent, making it a closer race than polls initially suggested.
The Trump administration is considering putting a person without ambassador’s experience into the job, a source familiar with the matter told The Detroit News.
James, an Iraq War veteran who flew Apache helicopters, has never been an ambassador, but a source said a person with ambassador’s experience would likely be his deputy if he is chosen.
Haley announced last month that she will exit the administration by the end of 2018, citing her desire to “take a break” from public service.
Since then, a number of names have been floated around as possible replacements, including Richard Grenell, the US ambassador to Germany, former White House aide Dina Powell, the US ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft and State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.