Trump nominates former SC official for Belize ambassadorship

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated South Carolina’s former lieutenant governor to be the next ambassador to Belize.

The White House announced Friday that Andre Bauer’s nomination still needs to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate before it’s official, news outlets reported.

The ambassador’s post has been vacant since the term of the previous ambassador, Carlos Moreno, concluded with the end of President Barack Obama’s administration. Belize, where the official language is English, is highly popular with American tourists for its beaches and Mayan history.

Bauer, 51, served as former Gov. Mark Sanford’s second-in-command from 2003 to 2011. He also ran unsuccessful bids for the Republican nomination for governor in 2010 and for the state’s 7th Congressional District in 2012.

He gained notice as lieutenant governor after calling for Sanford to resign in the wake of the governor’s disappearance and extramarital affair. In 2010, in the midst of his gubernatorial campaign, Bauer also made national news after comparing those on government assistance to “stray animals.”

Bauer, who’s currently a real estate developer based in Charleston, also served in the South Carolina House and Senate and earned the rank of major in the South Carolina State Guard. He joins a list of South Carolina Republicans with ties to Trump to get ambassadorships, including former Gov. Nikki Haley at the United Nations and Charleston businessman Ed McMullen as ambassador to Switzerland. McMullen was state chairman of Trump’s presidential run in South Carolina.

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