Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has been trying his best to slow down President Donald Trump — but the New York Democrat just suffered another humiliating defeat.
The U.S. Senate voted 56 to 38 on Tuesday to confirm Kelly Craft to represent the United States at the U.N. General Assembly meeting this month.
The vote was closer than expected because Schumer tried his best to convince every single Democrat to vote against Craft — but five crossed party lines and voted to confirm her.
NEW: The Senate has confirmed Kelly Craft as the next U.S. ambassador to the UN, ending a months-long vacancy for the position after Nikki Haley stepped down at the end of 2018.https://t.co/LjTNwXovMI
— Axios (@axios) September 10, 2019
This is a big deal for several reasons.
For starters, Craft was confirmed as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in July, ending a months-long vacancy for the position after Nikki Haley stepped down at the end of 2018.
Secondly, Craft previously served as the U.S. ambassador to Canada and was a high-profile GOP donor in Kentucky, so she was heavily recommended for the position by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Like McConnell, Craft is from Kentucky, where she and her husband, billionaire coal CEO Joe Craft, rank among the state’s highest-profile Republican donors.
She previously served as an alternate delegate in the U.S. delegation to the UN during the George W. Bush administration, specializing on the issue of U.S. engagement in Africa.
Thirdly, she is also pro-Trump and supported the president from the very beginning.
The Crafts also happen to be major GOP donors — including to President Trump. In 2016, Craft donated more than $260,000 to Trump’s campaign; her husband donated about $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee.
Both Kelly and Joe were Kentucky state finance chairs for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2012.
Craft did serve as part of the US delegation to the UN under President George W. Bush in 2007.
And she has gained experience during her tenure as ambassador to Canada, where she played a role in renegotiating NAFTA, now known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.
Craft’s confirmation came after the liberal media spread conspiracy theories for months that Haley resigned from the post so she could either run for president or replace Vice President Mike Pence on the 2020 Republican ticket.
The rumors were put to bed when Haley tweeted out her “complete support” for Pence.
“Enough of the false rumors. Vice President Pence has been a dear friend of mine for years. He has been a loyal and trustworthy VP to the President. He has my complete support,” Haley wrote.
Trump announced on Sunday that he was “very happy” with Pence and planned to keep him as his running mate in the 2020 election.
The Trump-Pence ticket was very powerful in 2016, and Democrats should be very worried about how well the two Republicans will do together on the campaign trail together again in 2020.
Aside from that, Craft’s confirmation is another embarrassing defeat for Cryin’ Chuck!