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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 TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media 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 HaleyNikki HaleyIn calling out Trump, Nikki Haley warns of a more sinister threat Nikki Haley unveils PAC ahead of possible 2024 White House bid We've seen this movie before — Rumors of Trump's political demise are greatly exaggerated 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 McConnellBoebert communications director resigns amid Capitol riot: report Urgency mounts for new voting rights bill Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster 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.