05/02/2019 19:08 EDT | Updated 05/02/2019 19:08 EDT

Kelly Craft, U.S. Ambassador To Canada, Formally Nominated For UN Job

She helped play a role in facilitating the new trade deal between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

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U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft takes part in a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Nov. 3, 2017.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has formally submitted to the Senate the nomination of Kelly Craft to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Craft serves as the U.S. ambassador to Canada. In February, Trump had said he had selected Craft for the U.N. job.

Craft, a Kentucky native, was a member of the U.S. delegation to the U.N. General Assembly under President George W. Bush's administration.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., backed Craft for the post.

As U.S. ambassador to Canada, she played a role in facilitating the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, a revamp of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Craft has been ambassador during a low point in relations. Last year Trump called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weak and dishonest, words that shocked Canadians.

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