Some dismay and concern is being expressed about the person put forward as next US ambassador to New Zealand.
Donald Trump’s pick to be the next United States ambassador to New Zealand has been labelled an “insult”.
Scott Brown, a former US Senator, is being vetted to become Trump’s representative in New Zealand, according to reports in the Boston Globe.
The 57-year-old supports torture, posed nude for a photoshoot, and was named as having groped and made sexually inappropriate comments towards former Fox News contributor Andrea Tantaros. Brown denies the allegations.
Former US intelligence advisor Paul Buchanan said Brown’s appointment was an “insult”.
“It just shows you what importance we have to the Trump Administration.”
Buchanan said Brown’s support of waterboarding was “very troubling.”
Buchanan said Brown is “not the brightest bulb”, and while he could grow into the job, he was “pretty much useless as a Senator.”
He said that the Senator’s appointment would come as a reward for supporting Trump, because he knows nothing of New Zealand.
Brown has previously said he wants to come here to cycle, but that’s about it, Buchanan said. “It’d be an extended holiday. New Zealand deserves a little bit better, certainly better than this guy.”
‘A little bit better’ may be in short supply.
Brown lost his Senate position in 2014 and has been a contributor for Fox News.
Details at Wikipedia: Scott Brown (politician)
Many picks for ambassadorial positions in the US seem to be personal, political and paybacks rather than diplomatic.