A rift has opened between the White House and State Department over ambassadorships, pitting chief of staff Reince Priebus against Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the New York Post reports.
According to the Post, Priebus has tried to circumvent Tillerson and line up GOP loyalists as nominees for some diplomatic posts.
"Tillerson had a deal that if he were to come on board, he would have a decision on who the ambassadors were going to be," an unnamed source told the Post.
"The process was supposed to be where transition was going to give two names for each position and Tillerson was going to interview those people for each country — and Tillerson would make the decision."
According to the Post, Priebus is trying to get President Donald Trump to sign off on some postings, and has supposedly gotten backing for Miami Marlins owner Jeff Loria to head to France, GOP activist Georgette Mosbacher to Luxembourg, financier Lew Eisenberg to Italy and hedge funder Duke Buchan to Spain.
But one source told the Post the picks could be "problematic" at confirmation hearings.
The Post reported scrutiny could be especially tough on Eisenberg, a Republican National Committee loyalist who helped lead the effort to raise funds for Trump's presidential campaign, left Goldman Sachs after a sexual harassment accusation — and Buchanan, whose Cayman Island funds and other financial issues could come up.
"Eventually, what Reince is doing has to be squared with process and reality. I'm not sure the White House is exactly stoked about this as they dig deeper into the background of these people," an unnamed source told the Post.
In a joint statement, Tillerson and Priebus denied any friction, telling the Post they have "a very close relationship and speak often" as well as "a great system in place to assure mutual agreement on all ambassadorships."
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