Joe Biden may be considering former U.S. Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The report comes as President Donald Trump has continued to contest the election results with lawsuits and calls for recounts.
The Washington Post last week reported that a person familiar with internal discussions said Clinton was being considered for the U.N. role.
Susan Rice, who herself served as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. from 2009 to 2013, under President Barack Obama’s administration, has questioned — and criticized — the reports of a possible Clinton U.N. Ambassador.
“This is ridiculous and an insult to @HillaryClinton. Stop. Please,” Rice tweeted last Thursday, in response to the Washington Post’s report.
— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) November 13, 2020
The Washington Post wrote that placing the former Secretary of State in the U.N. position would highlight the importance of the U.N. to a Biden administration at a time when the perception is that the U.S. role on the world stage has ebbed.
Fox News reported Clinton has not commented publicly on the reporting about the potential U.N. role.
Under Trump, the U.S. has expressed odds with other nations at the U.N. on a number of occasions. In 2018, Trump withdrew from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the Iran nuclear deal. The deal was endorsed by the U.N. Security Council. In recent months, the Trump administration has called for a snapback of U.N. sanctions against Iran, despite opposition from other countries at the U.N.
Amid the global Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, Trump began the process to withdraw the U.S. from its partnership with the U.N.’s World Health Organization (WHO), after he and other Republicans criticized the organization’s close ties with China and raised accusations it failed to accurately notify the world about the spread of the virus.