U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Friday the nomination of Kelly Craft, currently the US ambassador to Canada, as his envoy to the United Nations.
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....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2019
Craft, a top Republican donor from Kentucky, rose this week as a serious contender for the post based on a recommendation by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a fellow Kentuckian.
It was not immediately clear if Craft would hold a Cabinet-level position, as the previous ambassador Nikki Haley did. Regardless, she will need to be confirmed by the US Senate.
"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," Trump said in a tweet announcing his decision.
....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
Former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley congratulated Craft saying "she's done a great job" in Canada and that "we know she'll be a strong voice for America" in the UN.
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. #USstrong https://t.co/5zude3JVXs— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) February 22, 2019