Lack Of Foreign Policy Experience, Access To Trump’s ‘Inner Circle’ Could Affect Nominees For U.N. Ambassador, Secretary Of State
BBC News: Nikki Haley: Does it matter that a U.N. ambassador has no foreign policy experience?
P.J. Crowley, former U.S. assistant secretary of state
“…Gaining international support for what America wants to do is all about politics. As successful elected officials, [Nikki Haley, Mitt Romney, and Rudy Giuliani’s] political skills can serve them well. … The lack of foreign policy experience will not be a big issue externally — America’s relationships with key allies and friends are driven by long-standing interests. What may handicap a Haley or Romney (but not a Giuliani) is the lack of an established relationship with [President-elect] Trump himself, who seems to value loyalty above everything else. While bureaucratic heft matters — the views expressed by the secretary of defense, secretary of state, director of Central Intelligence, and chairman of the joint chiefs carry weight in the White House Situation Room — access matters more. … While Haley and Romney could well balance Trump’s more ideological picks for national security adviser and director of Central Intelligence, they face an uphill struggle to gain real clout. … Trump may well invite them to join his team. Whether they join his inner circle is another question entirely” (11/24).