The woman that Joe Biden has nominated to serve as Ambassador to the African Union has already failed the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT), on two separate occasions, and admitted to having especially struggled with the “English grammar section” of the exam.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, Stephanie Sanders Sullivan, the current Ambassador to Ghana, admitted to her “strange” attempt to pass the FSOT the first time, as the written exam is a requirement for most potential diplomats in the United States.
“I couldn’t even get through the English grammar section, which was my forte,” said Sullivan, who claims to be a native English speaker. Sullivan admitted in an interview with Ghana’s CitiTV that she left a third of all the questions on the test blank, which resulted in her failing the test.
“There’s a little bit of that ‘Little Engine That Could,’” Sullivan continued. “I think I can, I think I can. So, the next year I tried again, and I also didn’t pass.”
Sullivan was nominated by Biden in November to serve as the top ambassador to the entirety of the continent of Africa. The position has come to be seen as increasingly important as the United States attempts to fend off China’s increasing influence in the region, with the Communist regime expanding its “Belt and Road” initiative to many poor, developing African nations in exchange for investing in various infrastructure projects, thus putting many African nations in debt to China.
In addition to Sullivan’s qualifications being in doubt, her far-left politics have also drawn criticism. Senator J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) called out Sullivan’s views in a speech on the Senate floor on Thursday, pointing out her past support for such issues as “transgenderism” and her belief in the debunked notion of “systemic racism.” As a result of Senator Vance’s objection to Sullivan’s nomination, Democrats may be forced to bring the matter to a floor vote, which requires 60 votes to pass and thus would need to see a significant number of Republicans vote in favor of her confirmation.
Sullivan had previously served as Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo, as well as deputy assistant secretary for African affairs. Since being confirmed as Ambassador to Ghana, Sullivan held a “diplomatic mission pride event” at the American embassy, which saw the “gay pride” rainbow flag raised over the embassy instead of the American flag. Sullivan also reacted to the death of George Floyd, an African-American who died of a fentanyl overdose while in police custody in Minneapolis, by declaring that “it falls to us, this generation, to recognize the pervasiveness of systemic racism.”
Senator Vance remarked in his speech that such statements on homosexuality and race relations, among other things, are reflective of the Biden Administration’s overall plan to continue “moralizing and lecturing countries that don’t want anything to do with it.”
“If you’re in Ghana, what do you want: a lecture from a woke White woman in America?” Vance asked rhetorically. “Or do you want someone to help you build hospitals, roads, and bridges? It’s an easy answer.”