President Donald Trump announced on Friday his nominee to be the next United States ambassador to the United Nations, a post previously held by Nikki Haley, who suddenly announced her resignation in Oct. 2018, according to Fox News.
Trump’s replacement for Haley is Kelly Knight Craft, who currently serves as the U.S. ambassador to Canada, a position she has held since she was confirmed by the Senate in Sept. 2017.
Kelly Knight Craft nominated
As President Trump is wont to do, he announced his choice in a pair of tweets, the first of which read: “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….”
That was soon followed by a second tweet, in which Trump wrote, “….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!”
….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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2019
Haley offers praise for her successor
The nomination of Craft was heralded by the woman she will be replacing. Haley tweeted, “Congratulations to Kelly Craft. She’s done a great job representing us as @USAmbCanada and we know she’ll be a strong voice for America at the United Nations.
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) February 22, 2019
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that he was “very pleased that President Trump has announced his intent to nominate Ambassador Kelly Craft to be our next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.”
“Ambassador Craft has been an outstanding advocate for America’s national security and economic interests in Canada and she is extremely well-qualified to do the same at the United Nations,” Pompeo added. “I look forward to her confirmation and continuing to work with her at the United Nations.”
Awaiting Senate confirmation
Initially, President Trump had nominated State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as Haley’s replacement, but Nauert withdrew her name from consideration for the role recently, citing how “grueling” the confirmation process — and sharp media focus — had been on her family.
Presumably, given the fact she has already gone through the confirmation process, Craft won’t face similar difficulties in being confirmed once again as the public face of the United States, this time at the U.N. instead of Canada.
It is unclear how long it will take before Craft is fully confirmed as the next ambassador to the U.N., but hopefully Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — who hails from Kentucky as does Craft — will speed along the process for the nominee he described in a statement as “a strong advocate for American interests” who will be “a powerful representative of our great nation at the U.N.”