Trump picks Canada envoy Kelly Craft as UN ambassador

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President Donald Trump said Friday that he is nominating Kelly Craft, his envoy to Canada, to be the next United States ambassador to the United Nations.

“Kelly has done an excellent job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under his leadership, our country will be represented at the highest level,” Trump said in a couple of tweets announcing his election.

If confirmed by the United States Senate, he would fill the vacancy since Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina and rising star in the Republican Party, who resigned from the UN at the end of the year. past.

Ms. Craft was nominated a week after the previous election of Mr. Trump, former Fox News anchor and State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, withdrew from her consideration amid criticism that she lacked the experience to one of the most important diplomatic positions.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered a quick compliment to the candidate.

“Ambassador Craft has been a leading advocate of national security and the economic interests of the United States in Canada and is extremely qualified to do the same in the United Nations,” he said in a statement.

Mrs. Craft was a great supporter of George W. Bush, who as president appointed her to serve as a delegate of the United States to the United Nations, representing Washington at UN meetings.

The Kentucky businesswoman, who is believed to be 56, has been a major Republican donor.

She looked up in 2017 as the new US ambassador. UU In Ottawa, and the first woman in that position, when she said she believed “both sides” of climate science.

“I think both sides have their own results, from their studies, and I appreciate and respect both sides of science,” Craft told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

She is married to Joe Craft, who is president of Alliance Resource Partners, which describes himself as the second largest coal producer in the eastern United States.

Joe Craft was worth an estimated $ 1.4 billion in 2012, according to Forbes magazine.

Open Secrets, a nonprofit group that tracks money in politics, says Mr. Craft donated $ 1 million to Trump’s inauguration fund for 2017.

He also donated $ 371,100 to candidates, all Republicans, during the 2018 election cycle, the organization said.