Trump's pick for UN envoy sent to Senate for confirmation

Trump's pick for UN envoy sent to Senate for confirmation
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet MORE on Thursday formally nominated Kelly Knight Craft for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, a post for which she will require Senate confirmation.

The president announced in February that he intended to nominate Craft, the current U.S. ambassador to Canada, to replace Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyTennessee primary battle turns nasty for Republicans The 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence On The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP MORE as U.N. ambassador. The post has been filled in an acting capacity since Haley's departure at the end of 2018.

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"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," Trump tweeted in February.

If confirmed, Craft would represent the United States in the U.N. General Assembly and on the U.N. Security Council.

Craft has the support of fellow Kentuckian and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCoronavirus talks collapse as negotiators fail to reach deal Pelosi, Schumer say White House declined T coronavirus deal COVID-19 bill limiting liability would strike the wrong balance MORE (R-Ky.).

Craft, 57, 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.

She has been a major GOP donor, along with her husband, billionaire coal CEO Joe Craft.

Craft would be Trump's second United Nations ambassador and would fill one of several high-level positions currently held in an acting capacity.

Trump initially nominated former State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to replace Haley, but Nauert took herself out of consideration after it was reported that she had a nanny who did not have the proper work visa.