Nelson Wiseman, a political-science professor at the University of Toronto, said Ms. Craft was appointed ambassador to Canada because of her financial contributions to the Trump campaign, but said that's not unusual as past ambassadors have also contributed to presidents who have appointed them.
President Donald Trump announced Friday evening his pick for the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: Glasgow, Ky. native, Kelly Knight Craft. "Congratulations to Kelly and her entire family!" he added.
"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", he continued.
According to NPR, before serving as Ambassador to Canada, Craft served as an alternate delegate to the United Nations during the George W. Bush administration.
It was not immediately clear if Craft would hold a Cabinet-level position, as the previous ambassador Nikki Haley did.
Mr. Trump had also considered U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and former U.S. Senate candidate John James of MI for the post. Ms. Nauert cited family considerations in withdrawing from the post. People familiar with the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Nauert had employed a nanny who was in the country legally but was not authorized to work in the United States.
With Nauert out of the running, officials said Pompeo had been keen on Craft to fill the position. Mitch McConnell said. "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". Mulvaney then became Trump's Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing embattled and disgraced John Kelly - while giving up his CFPB job but still retaining the role of Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
"The President made an exceptional choice for this critical post".
She answered: "I believe there are scientists on both sides that are accurate".
Knight Craft does hail from Kentucky, where she has also been a major GOP donor, or, as one Canadian news publication described it, "Knight Craft is well known among Republicans, to whom she has donated piles of money".
"They get it when the president says he means business", she said in remarks alongside Trump at the White House.