Former US senator Scott Brown made a bit of news last week when American news outlets got hold of an interview he’d done with a radio host in New Zealand, in which he boasted about having introduced President Trump to Anthony Scaramucci, who was, very briefly, White House communications director.
Which got us wondering: What else is Brown, now Trump’s ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, up to these days? According to his Twitter feed, he’s having a fairly wonderful time. Consider:
■ In a photograph posted Tuesday, Brown is seen hosting guests for a dinner at his ambassadorial residence — complete with white linens and fancy china.
■ On Monday, Brown presented the prime minister of Samoa with a New England Patriots jersey. (The Twitter hashtag said “#GoPats.” The jersey said “Tuilaepa” — for the prime minister, Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi.) “Had meaningful conversations regarding American Samoa and Samoa,” Brown noted.
■ Last week, Brown posted a photograph of an enormous chess board in his backyard — the pieces were large enough to dwarf his dog, now apparently called @DiploDogGracie, a yorkie with a Twitter account of her own. On that same day, Brown recorded his bicycle trip along the Hutt River.
■ In late July, Brown and his wife, Gail, made their first trip to Samoa. According to an account recorded by the US Embassy there, Brown said upon arrival, “I was only the second US ambassador to take up duties for the Trump administration, which shows the importance the United States attaches to its relationship with Samoa.”
■ On July 29, Brown snapped a photograph of what looked basically like paradise — blue sea, blue sky, tropical foliage — at the To Sua Trench, a natural swimming pool on the volcanic Samoan island of Upolu. That same day, he was seen posing in a Red Sox cap — standing in a canoe “after a great sail & some great Samoan food” — and checking out the boat that the Disney film “Moana” was based on.
What else? Schmoozing with kids at his “adopted school” (Mangiagi Primary School in Samoa); poking around Eastbourne, New Zealand, with a view of lovely Wellington Bay; making a video of Kapiti Island off the New Zealand coast; hosting a backyard barbecue; bicycling in Christchurch.
It’s not all fun and games, alas. In the same radio interview in which Brown discussed his connections to Scaramucci, he was forced to defend Trump on issues including the investigation into collusion with Russia and Trump’s attitudes toward women.
“One of the main problems people have had with your president is his apparent misogyny,” the interviewer, Kim Hill, told Brown. “If I were in the United States as a woman, I would find the presidency of Donald Trump disgusting.”
The ambassador noted that American women were concerned with “pocketbook issues” such as crime, terrorism, and the economy — and pointed to Trump’s support of “women’s initiatives.”
Later, he summed up the interview via Twitter: “fun, feisty and fair.”Felice Belman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.