WELLINGTON — Palm Beacher Donald Trump says he plans to nominate campaign donor and Wellington polo boss Duke Buchan III to be the U.S. ambassador to Spain.
Fellow Palm Beacher Buchan, who owns a polo team and a seven-acre horse ranch in Wellington, speaks Spanish and has studied at two Spanish universities, which means he is at least somewhat qualified, a welcome change from the other Palm Beach area appointments.
Furthermore, Buchan actually seems to care about how the U.S. interacts with the Spanish-speaking world and has established a fund at the University of North Carolina to promote the study of Spanish culture and the Spanish language.
Buchan’ll also be the ambassador to Andorra, a tiny, Catalan-speaking principality between France and Spain. Buchan is said to have a working knowledge of Catalan.
CEO of the West Palm Beach-based Hunter Global Investors, a private investment management firm, Buchan wasn’t an early supporter of Trump’s, so the appointment is somewhat surprising.
Buchan first supported Jeb Bush and poured $750,000 into a Bush PAC. When the former governor pulled out of the race, Buchan threw his support behind U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.
At least the Rubio donations probably won’t go to waste because Buchan’ll need Rubio’s vote to get confirmed.
On a side note, the Buchans grow more than 100 varieties of heirloom tomatoes.
Actually, they own and manage farms that grow those tomatoes, but it’ll give them something to talk about in the Mediterranean — a part of the world that loves tomatoes.