New York magazine reported Wednesday that Melania was in Trump’s ear urging him to pick a California businesswoman as the U.S. ambassador to Slovenia.
Trump, who has not formally appointed a Slovenian ambassador yet, is reportedly on the verge of choosing GOP donor and California hotel owner Kelly Roberts for the position. After reviewing dossiers of potential candidates for the position, Melania backed Roberts strongly, noting she believed the United States would benefit from having a businesswoman as ambassador to her home country of Slovenia.
Melania, born in 1970, in what was then the Socialist Republic of Slovenia, a part of Yugoslavia, took great interest in the whole process.
Not hurting her case is the fact that Roberts and her husband, Duane, are major Republican donors, giving more than $1.2 million to the GOP over the past year. Roberts also gave $50,000 to President Trump’s Great America PAC a month before the November election.
The practice of appointing donors and other campaign comrades to ambassadorships of lesser allies has often been done by previous presidents. Roberts’ appointment marks only the second ambassador to Slovenia who wasn’t a professional diplomat. However, Democrats can’t complain: the first was businessman Yousif Ghafari, appointed by President Obama.
Roberts currently serves as vice-chair and chief operating officer of the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in Riverside, California. Interestingly, her husband, Duane, prior to entering the hotel business, made a fortune inventing the frozen burrito.
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