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Trump Picks Diplomat Craft for UN Ambassador

Voice of America
Voice of America - Sat, 23 Feb 2019 09:30
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Trump Picks Diplomat Craft for UN Ambassador

President Donald Trump said Friday that he was nominating Kelly Craft, currently the U.S.ambassador to Canada, to replace Nikki Haley as his envoy to theUnited Nations.

Craft, a top Republican donor, rose this weekas a serious contender for the post based on a recommendation bySenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a fellow Kentuckian.

Craft will not hold a Cabinet-level position, as Haley did,a senior White House official said, after Trump decided todowngrade the post. Regardless, the Senate will still have to confirm her nomination.

"Kelly has done an outstanding job representing our Nationand I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Country willbe represented at the highest level," Trump said in a tweetannouncing his decision.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Craft "extremelywell-qualified" and an "outstanding advocate forAmerica's national security and economic interests in Canada."

Craft met with Trump, Pompeo and national security adviserJohn Bolton in the Oval Office on Friday, a source familiar withthe situation told Reuters.

Shewas seen asa tough negotiator in a new U.S. trade dealwith Canada and Mexico and as ambassador to Canada establisheddecent working relationships with both Republicans and Democratsin Congress, the source said.

Difficult job

If confirmed, Craft will have the difficult job of defendingTrump's "America First" foreign policy and navigating Trump'scriticism of the world body while getting global diplomats toback U.S. policies.

Haley, a rising Republican star who resigned in October andleft in late 2018, was seen by her counterparts at the UnitedNations as a voice of clarity in a U.S. administration thatoften gave off mixed signals on foreign policy, diplomats said.

Craft will face a variety of challenges, includingchampioning U.S. efforts to contain Iran's influence in theMiddle East and ensuring the global body maintains toughsanctions on North Korea as Washington tries to negotiate an endto Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

The United States has also gone to the United Nations inrecent weeks to seek international recognition of oppositionleader JuanGuaidoas Venezuela's legitimate president oversocialist leader Nicolas Maduro.

Craft was Trump's second choice for the U.N. position. Hehad planned to nominate former State Department spokeswomanHeather Nauert, but she withdrew her name from considerationlast week for family reasons.

A person familiar with the matter told Reuters that Nauertwithdrew from consideration because she had a nanny who was inthe United States legally but did not have the proper work visa.

Nauert did not comment.

Having been confirmed by the Senate for the Canada post,Craft should have a smoother confirmation path and fewer problemswith vetting, the source said.

Trump hadconsidered other candidates, including U.S.Ambassador to Germany RichardGrenelland Republican John James,who lost a bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Michigan lastNovember.


Former senior White House aide Dina Powell was also onTrump's radar, but she was believed to be uninterested in theposition after she returned to Goldman Sachs Group a year ago.

Trump Picks Diplomat Craft for UN Ambassador

Trump Picks Diplomat Craft for UN Ambassador

Trump Picks Diplomat Craft for UN Ambassador

Trump Picks Diplomat Craft for UN Ambassador

Trump Picks Diplomat Craft for UN Ambassador

  
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