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 TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day 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 HaleyObama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe US rejoins UN Human Rights Council, reversing Trump exit Smarkets betting site makes Trump favorite in 2024 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 McConnellManchin backs raising debt ceiling with reconciliation if GOP balks Biden needs to be both Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside Billionaire tax gains momentum 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.