President Donald Trump says he has nominated Kay Bailey Hutchison, a former Republican senator from Texas, to be the U.S. ambassador to NATO.
Trump has had a rocky relationship with the 28-nation military alliance. As a candidate, he called NATO "obsolete."
The president has criticized several members of the post-World War II organization for not spending adequately on defense. At a May meeting in Brussels with NATO members, Trump complained that his allies had shortchanged "the people and taxpayers of the United States," creating additional strains for the organization.
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Hutchison, who is 73, won a runoff special election to fill a vacant Senate seat in 1993 and served three full terms.