Trump picks Kelly Craft for U.N. ambassador after Nikki Haley

It was not immediately clear if Craft would hold a Cabinet-level position, as the previous ambassador Nikki Haley did.

U.S. President Donald Trump kisses U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Knight Craft as he arrives at Canadian Forces Base Bagotville in La Baie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. (photo credit: LEAH MILLIS/REUTERS)
U.S. President Donald Trump kisses U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Knight Craft as he arrives at Canadian Forces Base Bagotville in La Baie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018.
(photo credit: LEAH MILLIS/REUTERS)
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.
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. 
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.