Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Trump to nominate Scott Brown as ambassador to New Zealand

Trump to nominate Scott Brown as ambassador to New Zealand

Scott Brown has the support of both senators who beat him at the ballot box as he seeks to be the USA ambassador to New Zealand.

Brown backed Trump during the presidential campaign and was rewarded with the cushy gig in the Southwestern Pacific nation known for its attractive beaches, volcanoes and dramatic views of Mount Victoria.

Brown's nomination must still be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Brown, 57, burst onto the national stage in 2010 when he unexpectedly won a special Senate election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Sen.

Mr Brown lost the seat to Elizabeth Warren.

Strong speculation in February that Brown would be Trump's pick prompted a backlash in New Zealand due to Brown's controversial past, which includes an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a US TV host. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and just ahead of the New Hampshire primary, in which Trump prevailed.

Scott Brown has a controversial past, including supporting waterboarding. Brown narrowly lost to incumbent Democratic Sen.

Mr Brown supported Mr Trump during the presidential campaign and had been considered for other administration jobs - including secretary of Veterans Affairs. "Man tipped for USA ambassador role in NZ a former nude model who supports waterboarding", read one headline in the The New Zealand Herald, a major publication in the country.

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