President Trump just named his replacement for Nikki Haley as UN ambassador after former Fox News host Heather Nauert had been tapped for the position but had to withdraw last week.
“I am pleased to announce that Kelly Knight Craft, our current Ambassador to Canada, is being nominated to be United States Ambassador to the United Nations….
….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. Congratulations to Kelly and her entire family!” Trump tweeted.
From Wikipedia: She is an American businesswoman and diplomat who is the United States Ambassador to Canada; she is the first woman to be the United States Ambassador to Canada.
In 2007, she was appointed by President George W. Bush as a U.S. alternate delegate to the United Nations, where her focus included U.S. engagement in Africa.
She was a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention from Kentucky. She headed Kelly G. Knight LLC, a business advisory firm based in Lexington, Kentucky.On February 22, 2019 President Trump nominated Craft to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
Mitch Mcconnell was a big supporter which didn’t hurt her chances. Liberals being liberals, expect them to find fault with her because her husband is a wealthy coal magnate. From McClatchy:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is recommending President Donald Trump appoint Kentucky native Kelly Craft, now the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, boosting her odds of getting named.
The Glasgow native and longtime Republican donor was confirmed as Trump’s ambassador to Canada in August 2017 with a unanimous Senate vote.
The lack of opposition, if it were to be sustained, could mean Craft could avoid a Senate fight and allow Trump to quickly seat someone for a high-profile job that has gone vacant for months.
Craft, attending a U.S.-Canada trade event in Washington, said she hasn’t talked with Trump about the possibility of serving as a top U.S. diplomat, but said she’s “committed to serving the president.”
Of McConnell, she said “He knows I am committed to serving the president in any capacity.”
McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, lauded Craft’s selection as ambassador to Canada, calling her a “proven advocate for our national interests.” McConnell introduced Craft at her Senate confirmation hearing in July 2017 and she returned the favor, calling McConnell a “dear friend to our family for decades.”
Craft and her husband, coal magnate Joe Craft of Alliance Resource Partners, were already familiar with Trump. The couple donated about $265,000 to a committee backing Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and served on his inaugural committee.
Former President George W. Bush named Craft to the U.S. delegation to the United Nations in 2007 and she’s served as the Kentucky fundraising chairwoman for several presidential nominees.