Trump to name Kelly Knight Craft U.N. ambassador

Kelly Craft United States Ambassador to Canada speaks to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations in Montreal Tuesday

Kelly Craft United States Ambassador to Canada speaks to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations in Montreal Tuesday

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft takes part in a meeting with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Trudeau's office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, November 3, 2017.

Donald Trump is nominating Kelly Knight Craft to be the United States' ambassador 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", the tweet read. "Congratulations to Kelly and her entire family!" he added.

In December 2018, as ambassador to Canada, Knight Craft made headlines about a key United Nations concern when she was asked in a television interview: "Do you believe in climate change?" She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1984 where she once served on the Board of Trustees.

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McConnell, a Kentucky native like Craft, issued a statement calling her an "exceptional choice". "Kelly Craft is a strong advocate for American interests and will be a powerful representative of our great nation at the U.N.", Sen.

Her perspective on the issue is likely colored by her husband's business as a billionaire coal magnate.

A native of Kentucky, Craft is married to Joe Craft, CEO of Alliance Resource Partners, one of the largest coal producers in the US, who donated $1 million to the Trump inaugural committee.

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