Trump to Nominate Sharon Day as U.S. Ambassador To Costa Rica

Day is a longtime leader in Florida Republican circles and was a fixture at Florida campaign events for Trump, where she gave a fiery speech just before Election Day

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Fort Lauderdale’s Sharon Day will be named ambassador to Costa Rica, a senior administration official told the Miami Herald. Mark J. Terrill AP

Q COSTA RICA – U.S. President Donald Trump intends to nominate Sharon Day to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica.

Ms. Day, a longtime leader in Florida Republican circles,  most recently served as co-chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC), having been first elected in January 2011 and reelected in 2013 and 2015. She has served the Republican Party at the local, state, and national level for more than twenty years, with a focus on engaging and empowering women candidates and activists, as well as strengthening state parties and volunteerism. She is an active political columnist and commentator.

During the 2016 Republican National Convention, Day was among the list of high-profile speakers in Cleveland. She was also a fixture at Florida campaign events for Trump, where she gave a fiery speech just before election day that ripped the media for portraying the GOP convention in Cleveland as one that preyed on fears of terrorism and offered no optimism.

Ms. Day has also been active in community service, including as housing authority chair for the Broward County Housing Authority and as commissioner on the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.

Day will oversee diplomatic relations with Costa Rica that historically has a close relationship with the United States and is one of South Florida’s largest trading partners.

Day will replace S. Fitzgerald Haney as Costa Rica ambassador. Haney is a New Jersey businessman who held the post since 2015. Haney was allowed to stay on as ambassador after Trump was elected, even though many other Barack Obama appointees were required to leave their posts on Inauguration Day.

The position will require Senate confirmation.