If confirmed by the Senate, Craft will replace Nikki Haley, who left five months ago.
Rabat – US President Donald Trump nominated Kelly Craft to serve as the US ambassador to the United Nations on May 2.
Pending the approval of the Senate, Craft will replace Nikki Haley, who resigned from her post in October 2018.
Craft’s nomination has been applauded by US officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Trump announced his intention to nominate Craft as the US ambassador to the UN in February.
“Ambassador Craft has been an outstanding advocate for America’s national security and economic interests in Canada and she is extremely well-qualified to do the same at the United Nations,” Pompeo said as he commented on Trump’s intention.
Born in 1962, Craft is a businesswoman who has been serving as the US ambassador to Canada since September 2017.
The diplomat was the first woman to hold the post.
A Trump supporter, Craft donated more than $260,000 to Trump’s campaign, according to American news outlet Vox.
Kelly Craft’s nomination will be of critical importance to Morocco as Rabat seeks to gather momentum to advance its position on Western Sahara with a view to ending the conflict.
In its capacity as permanent member of the Security Council and penholder of the Security Council resolutions on Western Sahara, the United States plays a pivotal role in moving the political process forward.
If Craft’s nomination is approved by the Senate, she could play a central role in breathing new life into the stalled political process. As there is no record of any statement of hers about Morocco, it remains unclear how Craft will handle the Western Sahara conflict inside the Security Council and how dexterous she will be in helping the parties achieve a mutually acceptable political solution.
Observers also believe that Craft will not fit the position as she has “limited” experience for the position.
They also indicate that her supports for Trump’s position on climate might block her nomination at the Senate.
Craft has been harshly criticized for her views on climate, especially for her statement on how she doubts climate change.
In addition to her role as a representative of the US in Canada, Craft also served as a member of the US delegation to the UN under former President George W. Bush in 2007.
Trump submitted five other nominations, in addition to Craft, for several posts. Among the nominees is Roxanne Cabral, who he nominated as ambassador to the Marshall Islands.