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Newsline: Biden accused of picking ‘amateur diplomats’ for key posts

President Biden has been accused of further risking America’s “significantly” weakened standing in the world by picking “amateur diplomats” for crucial postings, according to a former Obama White House official. Crisis management expert Brett Bruen, who spent two years as director of global engagement in the 44th president’s administration, lashed out Wednesday after Biden nominated prominent Democratic donor Jane Hartley, 71, to serve as US ambassador to the UK. “We need to understand how much has changed since [President Donald] Trump,” Bruen told the UK’s Daily Telegraph of Biden’s predecessor in the White House. “These aren’t the good ole’ days when Hartley and I served under President [Barack] Obama. “Our position in the world has weakened significantly and we no longer have the luxury of sending amateur diplomats abroad,” Bruen told the UK paper. (https://nypost.com/2022/01/20/joe-biden-picking-amateur-diplomats-for-key-posts-ex-obama-official-warns/) Hartley, a former TV exec, was a significant fundraiser for Biden’s 2020 presidential race and has been a big supporter of Democratic candidates over the years.

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