New UN Ambassador vacationing during critical meetings; only 19 days on job

U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power has been on the job less than three weeks, but appears to have skipped an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria Wednesday because it interfered with her vacation.

“Where exactly was Ambassador Power that she could not take part in this emergency Security Council session?” Fox News reporter James Rosen asked State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. “Where exactly was she?”

Psaki said she wanted to be as “transparent as possible,” but would only reveal that the ambassador was on a “pre-arranged trip.”

Rosen asked if she was on vacation.

“I don’t have any more details for you,” Psaki said. “I’d send you to the U.N. for her schedule.”

Power has been on the job as U.N. ambassador just 19 days, and in addition to missing the meeting on how to handle Syria’s suspected use of chemical weapons, she also missed a Friday afternoon meeting regarding armed conflicts in Sudan.

Government officials told Fox News that Power was in Ireland, that her family is from there and that it was a personal trip.

Rosemary DiCarlo, who held Power’s position on an  interim basis before Power was appointed, represented the United States competently, according to one official, who added that Power had been in constant contact with staff and the White House while on vacation.

Watch Psaki dodge questions here via video from the Washington Free Beacon:

And more transparency:

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