The White House reached out to Nancy Brinker, the founder of the Susan G. Komen foundation, on Wednesday to ask if she would be open to consideration for US ambassador to the United Nations, a Republican source close to the White House has told CNN.
Brinker went through Senate confirmation before serving as US ambassador to Hungary and as the chief of protocol at the State Department during President George W. Bush’s administration.
The White House believes Brinker could be fast-tracked to confirmation, making her a strong candidate, the source told CNN.
Brinker stepped down as CEO of the Komen foundation in 2012 after backlash over the group’s decision to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood. She has said she did not step down because of the criticisms over the funding decision. After donations to the foundation dropped, the organization eventually reversed the decision.
The Komen foundation advocates for breast cancer awareness and was named in honor of Brinker’s sister Susan Komen, who died from the disease.
President Donald Trump’s current ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, announced Tuesday that she would be stepping down.