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Cindy McCain says she would serve Biden in ‘any capacity’

Cindy McCain says she would serve Biden in ‘any capacity’ amid reports she will be named the U.S. ambassador to the UN World Food Program in Rome

  • Cindy McCain said she would serve the Biden administration in ‘any capacity’
  • Reports say she’s being considered for US ambassador to the World Food Program, which is based in Rome
  • ‘I would serve in any capacity if the president were to ask me,’ she told CNN 
  • McCain endorsed Joe Biden over Donald Trump in 2020 election
  • Her seal of approval helped Biden win the state of Arizona
  • Biden has not named any top ambassador spots that typically go to prominent donors and supporters of the president 
  • Cindy McCain would be Biden’s first Republican appointee to a Senate-confirmed position 

Cindy McCain said she would serve the Biden administration in ‘any capacity’ amid reports she’ll be named US ambassador to the World Food Program. 

‘I would serve in any capacity if the president were to ask me to do so,’ she told CNN on Tuesday night in an interview on Cuomo Prime Time.

McCain, who endorsed Joe Biden over Donald Trump in the 2020 election, would be Biden’s first Republican appointee to a Senate-confirmed position. 

President Biden has not named many ambassadors, including to several top overseas positions such as the UK, France, Israel, China and Japan.

Those positions are usually awarded to prominent supporters and donors of the president.  

Cindy McCain said she would serve the Biden administration in ‘any capacity’ amid reports she’ll be named US ambassador to the World Food Program

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that announcements will come ‘soon.’ 

‘We haven’t named many ambassadors quite yet — and we hope to soon; stay tuned,’ she said in her press briefing.

The World Food Program, based in Rome, works with U.S. policymakers, corporations, foundations and individuals to help provide financial and in-kind resources and develop policies needed to alleviate global hunger, according to its website

As chair of the McCain Institute board of trustees, Cindy McCain has worked on curbing world hunger and human trafficking, among other issues. 

McCain, the widow of the late Senator John McCain, campaigned with Biden in Arizona and helped him win that state. Biden became the second Democrat in 70 years to win Arizona. He beat Trump by 10,457 votes, or 0.3 percent of the nearly 3.4 million ballots cast. 

She also attended Biden’s inauguration in January. Biden and John McCain became friends when they served together in the Senate. Biden spoke at one of the late senator’s funeral services. 

Trump, in contrast, disparaged John McCain, saying of the late senator, who was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War: ‘I like people who weren’t captured.’ 

Trump also was furious when McCain gave a thumbs’ down to the Republican attempt to undo Obamacare, ending their effort to try and repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act.

Cindy McCain endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 election and helped him win Arizona - above the two visit the American Indian Veterans National Memorial in October 2020

Cindy McCain endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 election and helped him win Arizona – above the two visit the American Indian Veterans National Memorial in October 2020

Cindy McCain attended Joe Biden's inauguration in January

Cindy McCain attended Joe Biden’s inauguration in January 

As the Republican Party struggles with its identity in the post-Trump presidency, Cindy McCain told CNN the GOP needs to become more inclusive. 

‘Our party does have to be careful in making sure that we’re a party of inclusion, and that’s not just women,’ she said, ‘but people of color, our gay folks, our folks of whatever gender they choose to be, all need to be a part and welcome within in our party.’ 

She also expressed her hope the party moves on from the influence of Donald Trump. 

‘I watched Joe and John work together across the aisle, and the difference in those days is they did it for the good of the country. Right now we’re seeing a party so misguided that they’re doing it for themselves, what’s good for themselves,’ McCain said. ‘As I said before, I truly believe that the pendulum will swing back. I think we’re going to hit some more bumpy roads, though, along the way. Clearly, Trump’s not going to let it go down easy.’ 

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