Trump Nominates Baltimore Native Jamie McCourt as French Ambassador

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From left: Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, Jamie McCourt, Frank McCourt and former Dodgers manager Joe Torre. (Photo Provided)

Jamie McCourt, a Baltimore native whose father founded local appliance and electronics chain Luskin’s, made her case to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday as part of her nomination to serve as U.S. ambassador to France.

An entrepreneur and attorney, McCourt surfaced as one of President Donald Trump’s staunchest supporters early in his campaign, donating more than $400,000 to the Trump Victory fund. In October 2016, she was among 100 business leaders who signed a letter that claimed then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton had “thrown in the towel on the idea of strong economic growth.”


McCourt, 63, who is Jewish, promised to work with French President Emmanuel Macron, if nominated, to advance the shared interests of the U.S. and France. She said she would focus on common global security concerns, which include eradicating ISIS, neutralizing Russia’s malign influence and stepping up pressure on North Korea to improve nuclear
security.

As she has yet to be confirmed by the Senate, McCourt did not respond to a request from the JT for comment.

McCourt was originally nominated in June to become the ambassador to Belgium, but her name was withdrawn and resubmitted in August to hold what many consider a more prominent position.

The White House noted her business background in its announcement, saying, “McCourt possesses a unique global perspective, having lived and worked both domestically and abroad in various industries — sports, law, finance, education and real estate.”

A Pikesville High School graduate, McCourt earned a bachelor’s degree in French at Georgetown. She earned a law degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and a master’s in business administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.

She formerly co-owned Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers but relinquished that position after she and her husband, Frank, reached a settlement in 2011 in their highly publicized divorce.

McCourt must be confirmed by the Senate before taking the ambassador position.

jsilberman@midatlanticmedia.com

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