President Joe Biden is hiring "amateur diplomats" for important jobs, an old Obama official says.
President Biden has been accused of risking the United States' significantly weakened standing in the world by picking amateur diplomats for important jobs, says a former Obama White House official.
In the 44th president's administration for two years, Brett Bruen worked as the director of global engagement. After Vice President Joe Biden nominated prominent Democratic donor Jane Hartley, 71, to be the US ambassador to the UK, Bruen slammed Biden for the choice.
In the UK, Bruen told the Daily Telegraph, "We need to know how much has changed since President Trump." Biden's predecessor in the White House, Joe Biden, was President Trump's predecessor.
I don't think these are the good old days when Hartley and I worked for Barack Obama.
We can no longer send amateur diplomats around the world because our position in the world has changed, Bruen said in the UK paper.
During Biden's 2020 presidential campaign, Hartley helped raise a lot of money for him. She has been a big supporter of Democratic candidates over the years.
Biden only chose Hartley for the important job in the UK after at least two other candidates, including former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, turned down the job, CNN says. Ambassador: Before that, she worked as a diplomat in France and Monaco. She was chosen for the job by President Obama two years after she raised about $2.75 million for him in 2012.
Hartley is also on the list of people who gave more than $100,000 to Biden's campaign to become vice president, which won.
Bruen, who is now the head of the Global Situation Room consulting firm, said that the US "absolutely" needs someone more experienced than Hartley to help keep the relationship with the UK strong.
"This is very important for restoring America's credibility and power around the world," he said in the Telegraph.
"We need someone who has a lot of skills and a long history of work." Because if we do this wrong, if we make a mistake in London, it will spread around the world.
Biden said that "no one will be appointed by me because of anything they did."
It has been a year since President Trump took office, and he has chosen 25 former "bundlers," people who raised at least $100,000 for his campaign, and their wives as ambassadors.
According to the paper's analysis of data, that's 29 percent of Biden's nominees. That's more than Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama nominated in their first years in office. The paper couldn't make a direct comparison with Trump because it didn't have the same data.
Announcing Hartley's nomination on Wednesday, the White House said that she had worked to "enhance the US-France bilateral relationship, focusing on counterterrorism cooperation."
Hartley noticed how important the job was.
It's very important that we have a good relationship with our allies because we are facing some very important problems right now. "I look forward to strengthening our special relationship with the United Kingdom and deepening our relationship with one of our most important allies," he said.
All of the nominees need to be approved by the Senate before they can start their new jobs.