Update: On August 1st, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Acting USUN Jonathan Cohen to be U.S. Ambassador to Egypt.
On July 31st, the U.S. Senate confirmed the US Ambassador to Canada Kelly to be Trump’s new Ambassador to the United Nations in a 56-33 vote. The GOP has a majority in the U.S. Senate, and with the Senate Majority Leader’s support, this confirmation was never in doubt in our minds even with the Democrat’s scathing report. But it looks like five Democrats also joined all but two Republicans in confirming this nominee. Seven Democrats, two Republicans and one Independent were listed as “not voting.”
At the United Nations, we anticipate that her transition will not be easy given the deep experience of most of her predecessors and her diplomatic counterparts from 193 member states. Four of the five permanent members at the UN: China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom also did not send political donors to the international body as their representatives. The Chinese ambassador to the UN Zhang Jun has over 30 years of diplomatic experience. Moscow’s man at the UN Nebenzya Vasily Alekseevich similarly has over three decades of diplomatic experience. The French representative to the UN Nicolas de Rivière has diplomatic experience going back all the way to the 1990s. United Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Karen Pierce has been with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office since 1981. So … there you go. We’re all going to have to start watching UNTV.
Ambassador Craft will also arrive at USUN while the mission’s deputy and Acting Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations Jonathan Cohen is on his way out. The seasoned career diplomat has been nominated to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Egypt.
His nomination is currently pending on the Executive Calendar awaiting Senate confirmation. His nomination was just confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 1st.
At US Mission Canada, we expect the embassy’s DCM Richard Mills, Jr. will now assume office as Chargé d’Affaires pending the nomination/confirmation of a new ambassador. Ambassador Mills previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Armenia from 2015-2018. He assumed his position as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Ottawa in November 2018. He was also Chargé d’Affaires at U.S. Embassy Valetta, Malta from 2010-2012.
Confirmed, 56-34: Executive Calendar #402 Kelly Craft to be the Representative of the U.S. to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador, and the Representative of the U.S. in the Security Council of the United Nations
— Senate Cloakroom (@SenateCloakroom) July 31, 2019
Senate past votes on US Amb to UN:
Kelly Craft (2019) 56-34
Nikki Haley (2017) 96-4
Samantha Power (2013) 87-10
Susan Rice (2009) Voice Vote
Zalmay Khalilzad (2007) Voice Vote
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) July 31, 2019
The democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just released a rather blistering assessment of Kelly Craft ahead of her confirmation vote https://t.co/9DuOj8yYz7
— Mark Leon Goldberg (@MarkLGoldberg) July 31, 2019
Congratulations to newly confirmed U.S. Representative to the @UN, Ambassador Kelly Craft. We look forward to welcoming you to NYC, and supporting your key agenda items, like UN reform, humanitarian aid, and public-private partnerships. https://t.co/qZFIo9K9Bl
— US Mission to the UN (@USUN) August 1, 2019
The Senate just confirmed @POTUS's impressive nominee for the critical role of @USUN Ambassador: Kelly Knight Craft of #Kentucky. I’m confident our entire nation will be proud of the fine service she will render as our Ambassador to the United Nations. pic.twitter.com/8yZTeICXW0
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) July 31, 2019