President Trump names Kelly Knight Craft new pick for US ambassador to United Nations

PHOTO: United States Ambassador Kelly Knight Craft delivers a brief statement after presenting her credentials during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, Oct. 23, 2017, in Ottawa.Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP, FILE
United States Ambassador Kelly Knight Craft delivers a brief statement after presenting her credentials during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, Oct. 23, 2017, in Ottawa.

President Donald Trump has named a new pick for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, tapping Kelly Knight Craft, the current U.S. ambassador to Canada, to fill the role.

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A senior administration official told ABC News that Craft was at the White House earlier Friday when President Trump offered her the job.

PHOTO: United States Ambassador Kelly Knight Craft delivers a brief statement after presenting her credentials during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, Oct. 23, 2017, in Ottawa. Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP, FILE
United States Ambassador Kelly Knight Craft delivers a brief statement after presenting her credentials during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, Oct. 23, 2017, in Ottawa.

Craft, a native of Glasgow, Kentucky, becomes the second nominee the president has selected to replace former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, who resigned in October.

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Her nomination was applauded by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who personally recommended Craft to the president for the post.

“The President made an exceptional choice for this critical post," McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement. "Kelly Craft is a strong advocate for American interests and will be a powerful representative of our great nation at the U.N. 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.”

Trump’s first nominee, Heather Nauert, the former State Department spokeswoman, withdrew her name from consideration last Saturday after problems arose in her background related to an undocumented nanny she had employed at her home.

Trump quickly resumed interviews, and Craft’s name had emerged as a frontrunner for the post.

PHOTO: State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, June 8, 2017. ABC News
State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, June 8, 2017.

Before Nauert was nominated, Trump had interviewed Craft for the post on Oct. 2.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment.