Ex-MI Senate Candidate, Businessman John James Is New Favorite For UN Post

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 7: John James, Michigan GOP Senate candidate, speaks at an election night event after winning his primary election at his business James Group International  August 7th, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. James, who has President Donald Trump's endorsement, will face Democrat incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in November. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
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After Heather Nauert withdrew herself from consideration over the weekend, the White House is in serious talks with John James to be the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Politico reported.

James is a Michigan businessman, who launched an unsuccessful bid against Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in November, and was considered a “runner-up” last year. James is also an Iraq War veteran.

Trump has not yet met with James since Nauert pulled out — citing family concerns — and it was “unclear if they have spoken by phone,” in Politico’s words.

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