On Friday President Donald Trump revealed that he plans to nominate current U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Knight Craft to succeed former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
“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,” he tweeted early Friday evening.
“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. Congratulations to Kelly and her entire family!”
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
….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. Congratulations to Kelly and her entire family!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2019
The announcement was met favorably by Craft’s predecessor, who tweeted, “She’s done a great job representing us as @USAmbCanada and we know she’ll be a strong voice for America at the United Nations.”
Last October Haley surprised everyone by announcing her resignation. She made it clear though that there were was no bad blood between her and the president — that it was simply time for her to move on to something else. Some have speculated she’s interested in running for president.
Following her announcement, the president nominated then-State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to succeed her, but the former Fox News contributor eventually dropped out. More on this later.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also expressed approval for Trump’s pick Friday.
“The President made an exceptional choice for this critical post. Kelly Craft is a strong advocate for American interests and will be a powerful representative of our great nation at the U.N.,” he said in a statement.
“She has a long record of service to her state and the nation and I’m confident she will continue to serve with distinction as America’s voice to the world at the United Nations. I was proud to recommend this remarkable Kentuckian to President Trump.”
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) 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
As McConnell noted, Craft is a Kentucky native. A biography maintained by the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa lists her as a “third generation Kentuckian” who graduated from the University of Kentucky, married a fellow Kentucky native and is/has been affiliated with a slew of organizations dedicated to improving Kentucky, including the Kentucky Arts Council and the YMCA of Central Kentucky, among others.
If confirmed to this position, the Kentucky native will be among dozens of women who’ve found a place within the Trump administration, and this despite incessant claims from the left that the president is a sexist pig and misogynist who hates women.
On behalf of Women’s History Month, last March the Republican National Committee claimed Trump “has appointed more women to senior-level government and campaign positions than previous administrations.”
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But not every woman whom the president has nominated to serve in his administration has actually been confirmed. Several withdrew their nomination beforehand because of the constant attacks and hit pieces by Democrats and their media allies.
The latest was former Fox News contributor turned State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. She abruptly withdrew her name from consideration last week, citing the “grueling” impact the left’s attacks have had on her and her family.
“I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary Pompeo for the trust they placed in me for considering me for the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,” she said in a statement. “However, the past two months have been grueling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw my name from consideration.”
Not surprisingly, equally vicious attacks on Craft have already begun:
Dear @USAmbCanada Kelly Craft: Here are both sides:
Side 1: We have 12 years to significantly reduce greenhouse gases or our children face catastrophic consequences.
Side 2: We have 20 years to significantly reduce greenhouse gases or our children face catastrophic consequences https://t.co/gHgVc5OGvE
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) February 23, 2019
Kelly Craft is just another unqualified right wing hack who had no business being ambassador to Canada and has even less business being ambassador to the United Nations.
Government is for adults only.
When did experience become a vice?
— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) February 23, 2019
From a @GOP
hack to a dimwit with lots of dough. Who’s next, a pomeranian.
Trump announces nomination of Kelly Knight Craft as U.N. ambassadorhttps://t.co/D4sV4LQBGA
— USMC Vet Against Trump ?? (@bames_jrolin) February 23, 2019
As ambassador to Canada, Kelly Craft was sort of a joke. Another unqualified right wing hack that Donald Trump appoints to an important position.
This is just a way of ingratiating himself to Mitch McConnell. She’s from Kentucky.
— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) February 22, 2019
Kelly Craft will be a colossal, tragic joke as UN Ambassador. Saddest of all is she, deeply ensconced in her wealthy bubble, probably has no consideration that she might not be qualified. But then, she is but another reflection of Trump’s suffocating incompetence.
— Ann Fowler Avery (@AnnFowlerAvery) February 23, 2019
Kelly Craft doesn’t know anything about climate change. We’ve become a joke. I guess it makes sense that an unfit president would appoint unfit people to his administration.
— Samia Ali Salama (@SamiaAliSalama) February 23, 2019
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