President Trump want be appointing Detroit businessman and recent GOP nominee for U.S. Senate in Michigan, John James, to replace outgoing US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley. James recently lost his general election race against incumbent U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow by a [52 to 46% margin](https://ballotpedia.org/John_James_(Michigan%29), signaling that he has a bright political future in Michigan with such a narrow loss.
Here’s more on the matter:
The Trump administration is considering putting a person without ambassador’s experience into the job, a source said. James has never been an ambassador, but a source said a person with ambassador’s experience would likely be his deputy if he is chosen.
A White House spokesman said Monday he had “no personnel announcements at this time.” A call to James’ office was not returned.
James visited the White House last week to discuss an administration job with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, unidentified sources told Bloomberg News, which first reported James’ candidacy for the UN ambassadorship.
Former Fox News host and current State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert is also considered a top choice to replace Haley when she bows out of her post at the end of the year.
James attended West Point and went on several deployments during his military career. Haley also didn’t have much of diplomatic experience, but has served the U.N. post well. We shall see.