Posted: 3:12 am EST
So the 6-minute pitch did not work. On February 22, President Trump announced via Twitter that he is nominating the current U.S.Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft to be the next Ambassador to the United Nations (also see Craft, Kelly – Canada – June 2017). As of this writing, the WH has not posted a formal announcement on its website, and senate.gov does not indicate this nomination as officially pending in committee.
For a quick history of this position, click here.
Prior appointees to this position include Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (1953–1960), a former senator and nominee for Vice President. He went on to four ambassadorial appointments and as personal representative of the president to the Holy See after his UN tenure. Former President George Herbert Walker Bush served as Representative of the U.S.A. to the United Nations from 1971 to 1973.
Career diplomat Charles Woodruff Yost (1969–1971) was a three-time ambassador with a personal rank of Career Ambassador prior to his UN appointment. Career diplomat Thomas Reeve Pickering (1989–1992) was a four-time ambassador, and assistant secretary of state with a personal rank of Career Ambassador prior to his appointment to the UN. John Dimitri Negroponte (2001–2004), a career diplomat served as an assistant secretary and was confirmed three times previously as ambassador prior to his appointment to the UN.
Madeleine Korbel Albright (1993–1997), the first woman Secretary of State previously served as chief legislative assistant to Senator Edmund Muskie (D-Me) from 1976 to 1978. From 1978 to 1981, she served as a staff member in the White House under President Jimmy Carter and on the National Security Council under National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski. Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke (1999–2001) served twice as assistant secretary of state and was an ambassador prior to his UN appointment.
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The president's nominee for UN Ambassador discussing the "good sciences" on "both sides" of climate changehttps://t.co/F4QSVWdEUp
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 23, 2019
Kelly Craft, Trump's new pick for U.N. Ambassador, is married to billionaire coal baron Joe Craft. We dug into Craft's cozy ties with the Trump administration, and aggressive campaign to reverse Obama-era environmental rules, in this story last year https://t.co/AFwHjHqy1o
— Hiroko Tabuchi (@HirokoTabuchi) February 22, 2019
AP reports that Craft also has Secretary of State Mike Pompeo + national security adviser John Bolton's support. https://t.co/Gicyhg4cDB
— lesley clark (@lesleyclark) February 22, 2019
Kelly Knight Craft is a strong advocate for American interests and will be a powerful representative of our great nation at the U.N. My full statement: https://t.co/KJ8PKESILn
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) February 22, 2019
— FederalGov News (@FederalGovNews) February 23, 2019
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