House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is not vying to become the next U.S. ambassador to Italy, her office said on Tuesday in denying a rumor that was floated this week.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) on Tuesday told Bartiromo during a segment that he thought Pelosi would “have a hard time” being confirmed in the Senate, saying that it would be “very difficult for Republican Senators” to approve her nomination.
Longtime Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill told news outlets Tuesday that the claim is “an anonymous rumor” while the speaker hasn’t discussed the matter with anyone.
“The Speaker has no interest in this position and has not discussed it with anyone in the White House,“ Hammill said in a statement. ”This is the second time Maria Bartiromo has proceeded with reporting anonymous rumors about the Speaker’s future that have no merit. And the second time she has failed to ask us for comment before airing or publishing this utter nonsense.”
Currently, the United States does not have a Senate-confirmed ambassador to Italy after former envoy, Lewis Eisenberg, left the post in January 2021. Shawn P. Crowley is the charge d'affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Italy.
MidtermsRepublicans, meanwhile, have to win a net five House seats to retake the lower chamber in the 2022 elections. Historically, the party of the president tends to lose congressional seats during the midterms.
The Epoch Times has contacted Pelosi’s office for comment.