Cullen, An­gus unim­pressed at prospect of Palin as U.S. am­bas­sador to Canada

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OT­TAWA — At least two fed­eral New Demo­crat MPs don’t find all the con­jec­ture about Sarah Palin be­com­ing U.S. am­bas­sador to Canada very funny.

New Demo­crat Nathan Cullen says if Palin was named the top U.S. rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Canada, it would be tan­ta­mount to hav­ing to deal with two Don­ald Trumps.

The am­bas­sador’s job has been va­cant since last month when Obama ap­pointee Bruce Hey­man re­signed fol­low­ing Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion as pres­i­dent.

White House press sec­re­tary Sean Spicer fu­elled the ru­mour mill Wed­nes­day when he didn’t out­right deny the pos­si­bil­ity, send­ing tongues wag­ging on so­cial me­dia.

Cullen says mak­ing Palin am­bas­sador would be detri­men­tal to Canada’s ef­forts to build a stronger re­la­tion­ship with the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion. He says it would be hard to take her se­ri­ously.

“She has never been very com­fort­able with the truth,” Cullen said Thurs­day. “Couldn’t rec­og­nize it most morn­ings if it jumped up and knocked her on the head.”

Still oth­ers ques­tioned what mes­sage Trump would be send­ing by ap­point­ing Palin to the post.

“Well that would show how lit­tle Steve Ban­non and his pal @re­alDon­aldTrump think of Canada,” MP Char­lie An­gus wrote on Twit­ter.

Palin’s name did briefly swirl around the Twit­ter­verse shortly af­ter Hey­man an­nounced he was leav­ing, but the so­cial me­dia fuss had died down in re­cent weeks — un­til Spicer’s lat­est non-de­nial. “We have no ad­di­tional am­bas­sador nom­i­na­tions or an­nounce­ments to make on that front,” Spicer said. “I’m sure, at some point, we will have soon.”

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