The White House announced the president’s intent to nominate handbag designer and Mar-a-Lago member Lana Marks to be his ambassador to South Africa. If confirmed, she would replaced Patrick Gaspard who served as Ambassador to Pretoria from 2013-2016. The last career diplomat appointed as Ambassador to South Africa was Cameron R. Hume who served from 2001-2004.
Prior appointees to this position also include Donald Gips who previously served as Vice President Al Gore’s Chief Domestic Policy Advisor; career diplomat and three-time Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman; and career diplomat and four-time Ambassador Edward Joseph Perkins,
New: Trump nominates handbag entrepreneur (and Mar-a-Lago member) Lana Marks to be his ambassador to South Africa. Marks is the 4th Mar-a-Lago member Trump has recruited to serve as a U.S. ambassador. https://t.co/Z9fkRM1Jzg pic.twitter.com/PMjq42IUEP
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) November 14, 2018
— Elizabeth Yuan (@baoyuan) November 15, 2018
This would be the 4th Mar-a-Lago member–aka paying customer–Trump has nominated for an ambassadorship.https://t.co/NGVDU6xORV
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) October 22, 2018
Meet the woman President Trump just named as the new US ambassador to
South Africa (this story was written before it was official) https://t.co/mj0OsmkGGU
— Tony Cavin (@TCavin) November 14, 2018
Here's everything you need to know about Lana Marks, the Palm Beach handbag designer President Trump might nominate as an ambassador. https://t.co/4I9p39xe1O
— W magazine (@wmag) October 23, 2018
Lived in S Africa a third of my life; studied at Wits Univ; spoke fluent Xhosa; passed the Hoërtaalbond Eksamen in Afrikaans; background in SA political, economic, social & media landscape; businesswoman for 30 years; mom for 37 years; wife for 42 years; ninja, forever!!
— LANA MARKS (@LanaMarks) October 21, 2018