The Canadian Politician (Toronto) – Canadian has lost a critical advocate in Ottawa, and this advocate is not a Canadian government official, but one on the payroll of the United States government. She is the United States ambassador to Canada, Kelly Craft, who in her short tenure as the American top diplomat in Canada has demonstrated had ability to stand for a critical ally such as Canada. Craft has been nominated by President Trump to succeed Nikki Haley as the United States ambassador to the United Nations. Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, left the job in December. Craft who is from Kentucky indicated in an interview how Canadian steel is important to workers in her home state, lamenting the impact of retaliatory tariffs imposed by Ottawa. She has been very vocal about the trade war going between Washington and Ottawa and has in a way been the moderating voice.
Even in matters involving a third country, Kraft has weighed in. She recently criticized the Chinese government in the ongoing extradition case of Meng Wenzhou, the Chinese tech company Hussein executive who is being held in Canada on a U.S. arrest warrant. Craft stated that the arrest of two Canadians, Michael Spavor, a former diplomat and Michael Kovrig, a business man was frivolous and ad hoc. She called on the Chinese government to immediately release the men and respect their human rights. Craft was nominated after the first choice, Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the State Department and former Fox News personality withdraw from consideration. Craft who became the U.S. Ambassador to Canada in October 2017 will have to be confirmed by the Senate. If confirmed, it will be her second involvement in the United Nations as in 2007, she was nominated as an alternate UN delegate by President George W. Bush dealing with Africa.