U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft is emerging as the front-runner to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Two people familiar with the matter say Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is backing Craft for the post, and she also has the support of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton. President Donald Trump is being advised that Craft’s confirmation would be the smoothest of the three candidates he is considering to fill the job last held by Nikki Haley. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters.
Trump’s first pick, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, withdrew over the weekend.
Trump is also considering U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and former Michigan Senate candidate John James for the post.