Her appointment ends a period of more than seven months when the US was without a permanent ambassador to the UN. Ms Knight Craft has been married to billionaire coal mining businessman Joe Craft since 2016. The job is not expected to be the Cabinet-level posting that Haley had insisted upon, leaving Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton firmly in control of US foreign policy. Kelly Craft started as U.S. Todd Young of Indiana and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Democrats had expressed concern that she lacks the experience needed and that her family ties to the coal industry may influence policy. ", Meet Kelly Knight Craft, Trump's UN ambassador pick, Senators press Trump nominee for UN ambassador on climate and her coal ties. Published. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the leading Democrat on the committee, noted that Craft was away from her post more than 300 days between October 2017 and June 2019. Before, she was the United States ambassador to Canada, the first woman to hold the post.. CNN's Jennifer Hansler and Ted Barrett contributed to this report. Craft also faced questions about her extended absences from Canada during her tenure as ambassador. Craft said she had been traveling for the trade negotiations with Canada and Mexico. CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - U.S. © 2020 BBC. Ms Knight Craft was chosen after Mr Trump's first choice, Heather Nauert, withdrew her candidacy in February. 119 in Bell County, Governor Beshear: ‘This entire state is in danger’ as Kentucky reports another record number of new COVID-19 cases, Appalachian Artisan Center telethon raises more than $21,000. Ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Crafts, stopped in Corbin on Tuesday to speak to the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Contact BBC News online - help, feedback and complaints, The burning scar: Inside the destruction of Asia’s last rainforests, 'Murder hornets': More nests likely to be found in US. Ron Klain has served as an aide to Joe Biden since the 1980s on the Senate Judiciary Committee. "We need another strong ambassador who will not only advocate for the US, but also be a staunch voice for global human rights and democracy," the Florida Republican said. Craft, who has been serving as the US ambassador to Canada, will in her new role replace former Ambassador. Craft is encouraging others along the way and hoping to inspire others to seek every opportunity. CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - U.S. U.S. Congress approved Ms Knight Craft's appointment by 56 votes to 34. Later reports found that Craft spent the equivalent of seven of her 20 months as the US ambassador to Canada in the United States, in places where she had homes. Updated 1250 GMT (2050 HKT) August 1, 2019. President Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations on Thursday. Kelly Craft: Congress confirms UN ambassador pick. Good morning, I cannot quite reach the words to describe the tremendous pride I feel standing before you as the US Ambassador to the United Nations. “To be able to talk to mothers that want the same things that we want for our children it will forever stay with me and I learned that you can’t get back on that plane and shut the door," said Ambassador Craft. Letcher County VFW post holding fundraiser for Veterans in nursing homes 11 p.m. WATCH | Lexington doctor weighs in on the CDC face mask update, WATCH | Rural hospital revises plan as COVID-19 surges in Kentucky. Read about our approach to external linking. Ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Crafts, stopped in Corbin on Tuesday to speak to the Southeastern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Is an Irish accent the hardest to master? “Countries think Americans when we arrive they know there’s hope. 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