Saturday, December 8, 2018

Trump turns to Faux News for U. N. ambassador nominee

New Yorker satirist Andy Borowitz reports that Heather Nauert Says Visit to “It’s a Small World” Ride Qualifies Her For U.N. Job

Nauert, you see, is Trump’s pick for the U. S. ambassador to the U. N. Trump apparently understands that Nauert may need some more time to prep for her new role. He relieved her of responsibility of attending cabinet meetings. Instead, she will report to the Secretary of State. That could be seen as an accurate reflection of the level of esteem held by Trump toward all the “sh!t-hole” countries making up the U. N. (And that is Trump’s term, not mine.)

Here’s Andy’s report.

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Pushing back against criticism of her lack of diplomatic experience, Donald J. Trump’s choice to be the next United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Heather Nauert, said on Friday that a memorable visit to the “It’s a Small World” ride at Disney World made her eminently qualified for the U.N. post.

“When people look at me, they think Heather Nauert, former Fox News anchor,” Nauert told reporters at the State Department. “What they don’t realize is I’m also Heather Nauert, who went on ‘It’s a Small World’ three times when she was nine.”

Nauert said that, while career diplomats might spend twenty to thirty years learning about only one country, “I learned about twenty-five countries in fifteen minutes.”

Laying out her objectives for her tenure at the United Nations, the prospective Ambassador said, “Right now I’m just looking forward to seeing all of the other Ambassadors wearing their festive costumes and doing their dances. That’s going to be amazing, I think.”

Nauert bristled when a reporter asked about her controversial comment that D Day was evidence of the long-standing bond between Germany and the United States. “At the end of the day, there is just one moon and one golden sun, and a smile means friendship to everyone,” she said.

About that comment, the Washington Post has some things to say: Heather Nauert cited D-Day as the height of U.S.-German relations. Now she’s headed to the U.N.

The United Nations came into existence to vanquish Germany, as 26 nations jointly pledged in 1942 not to surrender to “savage and brutal forces seeking to subjugate the world.”

Three-quarters of a century later, the woman who would soon become President Trump’s pick to represent the United States at the United Nations cited the D-Day landings — a cornerstone of this unwavering Allied pledge and the basis of the Nazi defeat on the Western Front — to showcase the strength of German-American relations.

“When you talk about Germany, we have a very strong relationship with the government of Germany,” Heather Nauert, the State Department’s spokeswoman, said in June. She added: “Tomorrow is the anniversary of the D-Day invasion. We obviously have a very long history with the government of Germany, and we have a strong relationship with the government.” She also pointed to the Marshall Plan, which rebuilt Western Europe in the ashes of Adolf Hitler’s quest for global domination.

The D-Day comment raised eyebrows over the summer, when some suggested it demonstrated a lack of historical understanding from the former “Fox & Friends” presenter who gained prominence on television during the Monica Lewinsky scandal but has no diplomatic experience. This critique is emerging again as she prepares to move to New York as the American ambassador to the United Nations …

With the appointment, Trump will solidify the symbiotic relationship between his administration and Fox News, from which he has drawn top communications advisers as well as policy ideas (which, in one case, happened to be a talking point of white nationalists). The move to install a television personality and loyal spokeswoman as one of the nation’s top diplomats will also further transform his foreign policy into an instrument of branding in line with his “America First” agenda.

Actually, appointing Nauert to a role for which she is completely unprepared conforms to the X-AntiX theory of Trumpian government. If you would destroy some governmental entity X, appoint as a leader of that entity AntiX.

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