Trump UN pick donated to GOP members on Senate Foreign Relations panel

President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE’s nominee for ambassador to the United Nations has donated to several Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is preparing to grill her as part of her expected nomination process, according to Politico.

Kelly Craft, the current U.S. ambassador to Canada, was nominated by Trump in February to take over for Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyTrump rules out Haley joining 2020 ticket The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump targets Iran with new sanctions Nikki Haley blasts Roy Moore's Senate bid: 'He does not represent our Republican Party' MORE as the U.S.'s top envoy to the U.N. She or her husband have donated to at least half of the Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations panel, Politico reported.

She donated $2,700 each, the maximum allowable amount, to the election campaigns of Sens. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungOvernight Defense: Officials brief Congress after Iran shoots down drone | Lawmakers fear 'grave situation' | Trump warns Iran | Senate votes to block Saudi arms sales | Bombshell confession at Navy SEAL's murder trial The 7 GOP senators who voted to block all or part of Trump's Saudi arms sale Senate votes to block Trump's Saudi arms sale MORE (R-Ind.) and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senators divided over approach to election security Democrats make U-turn on calling border a 'manufactured crisis' GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers MORE (R-Wisc.) in 2016, as well as giving $5,400 to Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats Mellman: Are primary debates different? Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Trump issues order to bring transparency to health care prices | Fight over billions in ObamaCare payments heads to Supreme Court MORE’s (R-Fla.) primary and general Senate election campaign the same year, according to the article.


Craft and her husband Joe, a coal magnate, both also supported Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign and fundraised for Trump’s campaign after Rubio exited the race.

Joe Craft also donated $2,700 to the 2018 campaign of Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDon't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Mitt Romney: Rape allegation against Trump should be 'evaluated' Senate panel advances bill to restrict emergency arms sales MORE (R-Utah), who has since been named to the committee and each donated the maximum of $5,000 to his presidential campaign in 2011 and 2012, according to Politico.

While donors receiving ambassadorships is not unusual, with President Obama appointing major fundraisers as ambassadors to Canada twice, Craft’s financial ties to the senators who will vote on her nomination is less typical.

If "there's a big campaign, a) you want Kelly running your stuff in Kentucky and b) in terms of national players, they are some of the biggest," former Bush administration official Scott Jennings told the publication. “She’s just somebody who knows how to meet people and make friends and bring people together, and I think that skill has been a hallmark of her career.”

The couple has long been active in Kentucky Republican politics, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi: Congress will receive election security briefing in July Adam Scott calls on McConnell to take down 'Parks & Rec' gif Trump says he spoke to Pelosi, McConnell on border package MORE (R-Ky.) reportedly convinced Trump to nominate Craft for the position.