Kentucky's Kelly Craft confirmed as US Ambassador to UN

Senator Bob Menendez

Senator Bob Menendez

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recommended her for the ambassadorship to President Donald Trump.

The Senate confirmed Trump nominee Kelly Knight Craft on Wednesday as the US ambassador to the United Nations.

Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, accused Craft of lacking the "seriousness and professionalism" for the post at the world body.

"I encourage my colleagues to oppose Ambassador Craft's nomination because she doesn't have the necessary experience to stand up for American values and promote our national security, and because during her limited diplomatic tenure, her unacceptable absences in Canada were nothing less than a dereliction of duty", Menendez said in a statement.

The committee last week backed Craft in a 15-7 vote. She graduated form the University of Kentucky in 1984. Jonathan Cohen has been serving as acting ambassador in the interim.

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Craft was born in Glasow and lived for some time in Lexington.

She and her husband, Joe Craft, have donated millions of dollars to political candidates.

Trump's first United Nations ambassador, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, announced her resignation in October and left the position at the end of previous year.

Craft has been serving as the USA ambassador to Canada since 2017, and formerly served as a member of the us delegation to the UN General Assembly during President George W. Bush's administration.

Craft, the wife of a billionaire coal industry executive, generated controversy shortly after assuming her post in Ottawa by telling Canadian Broadcasting she believed "both sides" of the climate change debate.

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