US President Donald Trump has finally found a likely replacement for the post of US Ambassador to the United Nations after India- American Nikki Haley left. Kelly Knight Craft the current Ambassador to Canada. Trump twitted her nomination
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
The 46-year-old former South Carolina governor has served nearly two years in the post. She was the first Indian-American ever appointed to a Cabinet position in any US presidential administration.
If confirmed by the Senate, Craft, 56, would replace Haley.
“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!” Trump said.
Haley congratulated Craft shortly after the president’s online announcement.
“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. #USstrong,” the former ambassador said in a Tweet.
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) February 22, 2019
A former businesswoman, Craft is the country’s first woman ambassador to the Canada.
Craft is Trump’s second choice to replace Haley. His first choice, former State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, withdrew her name from consideration on February 16, citing personal and family reasons.
Craft has been ambassador to Canada since October 2017. She previously served as an alternate delegate to the UN during the George W Bush administration.