Caroline Kennedy lost her Ambassador post in Japan when Trump took office. He sent her packing and hasn’t even bothered to name a replacement.
But according to the New York Post, she’s not done with public service. Kennedy is planning to run for the U.S. senate in 2018.
Daniel R. Russel, an Assistant Secretary of the State Department, can’t say enough kind things about Kennedy’s diplomacy skills. He’s saying that she’s the real deal, no ifs, ands, or buts.
“She transformed herself from a celebrity into an influential public figure and statesman,” Russel said. “[She] became trusted, respected, liked and listened to.”
But that’s not all. Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fumio Kishida, says that Kennedy excelled when it came to high-stakes politics.
“I think most people don’t know about this, but Ambassador Kennedy was an exceptionally tough negotiator,” Kishida said. “When she gave me a firm negative response, I thought it was time for the Japanese side to come up with an alternative idea.”
“Caroline had a successful ambassadorial run in Japan and feels really very confident about putting her hat in the ring for a New York congressional or Senate seat, with even possibly bigger political objectives down the road,” an anonymous friend of Kennedy said. “The presidency is on her mind now, believe me.”
“Caroline is seen in some quarters as the next Hillary Clinton,” another anonymous friend commented. “She has the Kennedy name but no Clinton baggage.”
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