Trump picks Kentucky native as nominee for UN post

WASHINGTON (AP/WTVQ) – President Donald Trump has picked Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada and Kentucky native, as his nominee to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Trump says in a pair of tweets Friday evening that Craft “has done an outstanding job representing our Nation” and he has “no doubt that, under her leadership, our Country will be represented at the highest level.”

Two people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters had told The Associated Press that Trump had been advised that Craft’s confirmation would be the smoothest of the three candidates he had been considering to fill the job last held by Nikki Haley.

Trump’s first pick to replace Haley, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, withdrew over the past weekend.

Mitch McConnell released a statement regarding Trump’s announcement that he will nominate Kentuckian Kelly Craft to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations:

“The President made an exceptional choice for this critical post. 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.”

Governor Matt Bevin tweeted out in regards to Kelly Craft being Trump’s nominee for UN Ambassador:

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