The US Senate on Wednesday confirmed Kelly Craft, a Republican donor who is currently ambassador to Canada, as ambassador to the United Nations, despite facing fierce opposition from some Democrats.
The 56-34 vote saw five Democrats break ranks with their party in support of Craft, who will replace former UN envoy Nikki Haley following her resignation at the end of 2018.
Most Democrats withheld their support over concerns of her limited foreign affairs experience and potential conflicts of interest stemming from her husband’s career as a coal mining executive. Also at issue was a series of absences from Ottawa while she was serving as Washington’s ambassador to Canada.
Trump’s first UN ambassador, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, announced her resignation in October and left the position at the end of last year.