Jake Tapper: Argentina Ambassador Nominee Has Never Even Been to Argentina
CNN’s Jake Tapper doled out some subtle mockery of the U.S. ambassadorship nomination process on Friday by looking at the latest campaign fundraising bundler for President Barack Obama to face a congressional committee for confirmation.
As Tapper reported, Obama’s nominee to be ambassador to Argentina Noah Bryson Mament, “who just happens to have raised half a million dollars for President Obama and the Democrats” testified before Congress this week and “got tripped up on what you might think would not be too difficult a question: if he’d ever been to Argentina.” While he told the panel he has traveled “extensively around the world,” he has not made it to that country.
And while Obama has said that “some” of his ambassador appointees could be “political,” Tapper found that the “majority of President Obama’s second term ambassadorial nominations have been political.” He cited research showing that Obama has appointed 23 major fundraisers who brought in over $16.1 from him since 2007.
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