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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest 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) HaleyThe truth behind Biden's 'you ain't black' gaffe A glimpse of our post-pandemic politics The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Will new therapy drug be a COVID-19 game changer? 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 YoungHillicon Valley: House FISA bill in jeopardy | Democrats drop controversial surveillance measure | GOP working on legislation to strip Twitter of federal liability protections GOP senators urge Trump not to restrict guest worker visas Lawmakers introduce bill to invest 0 billion in science, tech research MORE (R-Ind.) and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold Johnson Sunday shows preview: Leaders weigh in as country erupts in protest over George Floyd death Schumer to GOP: Cancel 'conspiracy hearings' on origins of Russia probe Comey, Rice, Clapper among GOP senator's targets for subpoenas amid Obama-era probe MORE (R-Wisc.) in 2016, as well as giving $5,400 to Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThis week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic Trump asserts his power over Republicans National security adviser says foreign powers trying to exploit US race relations MORE’s (R-Fla.) primary and general Senate election campaign the same year, according to the article.

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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 RomneyCongress flying blind: Why now is the time to revive the Office of Technology Assessment Trump asserts his power over Republicans Montana barrels toward blockbuster Senate fight 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 McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US This week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic For city parks: Pass the Great American Outdoors Act now MORE (R-Ky.) reportedly convinced Trump to nominate Craft for the position.