Trump selects Kelly Craft for United Nations ambassador

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE announced Friday night that he has selected Kelly Craft, the current U.S. ambassador to Canada, to serve as his administration's top diplomat to the United Nations.

Trump shared news of the nomination on Twitter, writing that "Kelly has done an outstanding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Country will be represented at the highest level."

 
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Craft, who also hails from Kentucky, is a major GOP donor in the state along with her husband, billionaire coal CEO Joe Craft.
 
McConnell hailed news of her nomination on Friday night, saying he was "proud" to recommend her and calling her "an exceptional choice for this critical post."
 
"Kelly Craft is a strong advocate for American interests and will be a powerful representative of our great nation at the U.N. She has a long record of service to her state and the nation and I’m confident she will continue to serve with distinction as America’s voice to the world at the United Nations," McConnell said in a statement.
 
Trump's nomination of Craft for the position comes after State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert took herself out of consideration for the top U.N. post last weekend, citing family issues.
 
 
Trump nominated Nauert to succeed Haley in December.
 
Craft has served as ambassador to Canada since October 2017. She was previously appointed as an alternate delegate to the U.N. General Assembly in 2007 under former President George W. Bush.
 
Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoState Department watchdog probing whether Trump aides took gifts meant for foreign officials Biden shows little progress with Abraham Accords on first anniversary Biden slips further back to failed China policies MORE said Friday that Craft "has been an outstanding advocate for America’s national security and economic interests in Canada and she is extremely well-qualified to do the same at the United Nations."
 
"I look forward to her confirmation and continuing to work with her at the United Nations," he said in a statement.
 
Updated: 7:05 p.m.