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Report: Joe Lieberman on short list for UN ambassador

October 10, 2018

Former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, who publicly supported moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, is on the short list to replace U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, who formally announced her resignation Tuesday, according to a report from CBS.

A spokesman for the White House declined to confirm the report, and pointed to comments President Donald Trump made to White House pool reporters in which he named his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and former deputy national security adviser Dina Powell as a possibility, but not Lieberman.

“Dina Certainly,” Trump said. “I’ve heard a lot of names. I’ve heard, ‘How good would Ivanka be?’ The people that know — it has nothing to do with nepotism — the people that know, know that Ivanka would be dynamite. But then I’d be accused of nepotism.”

Ivanka Trump confirmed on Twitter she will not replace Haley.

Lieberman, 76, who was Al Gore’s running mate in 2000, has long been an outspoken supporter of the U.S.-Israel relationship, and also praised Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal.

In May 2017, Lieberman was on the president’s short list to replace James Comey as FBI director but formally withdrew his name in a letter to the president, stating he believed it would be a conflict of interest given his role in a law firm where the president’s lawyer served as a senior partner.

“Just being thought of for this position was a great honor because of my enormous respect for the men and women of the FBI and the critical and courageous work they do in protecting the American people from criminals and terrorists, and upholding our finest values,’” Lieberman wrote to Trump at the time.

First elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 1989, Lieberman has become more conservative through the years and now identifies as an independent. He drew criticism from Democrats when he endorsed John McCain in 2008, and in 2006 was challenged for his Senate seat by Ned Lamont, the current Democratic nominee for governor.

kkrasselt@hearstmediact.com; 203-842-2563; @kaitlynkrasselt

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