Report: John James in running for UN ambassador

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — President Donald Trump is thinking about picking Michigan businessman and combat veteran John James to take over as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Bloomberg is reporting.

Citing two sources, the outlet said Monday that James visited the White House last week to discuss a job with the Trump administration.

Current UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced in October that she would resign at the end of the year. Bloomberg says the ambassadors to France, Germany and Canada are also in the running to replace her.

It’s not yet known when the president will announce his decision.

James ran against Democrat Debbie Stabenow for her seat in the U.S. Senate. He came up short in the November election, but still, he proved himself a strong and popular candidate. It seemed unlikely the loss would be the last time he appeared on the politics stage.

James, of Farmington Hills, was a pilot in the U.S Army, flying helicopters during the Iraq War. He’s now the president of his family’s business, James Group International in Detroit.

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