The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Joe Biden’s nominee, veteran diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield, to function U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, including a key member to his nationwide safety crew almost a month after her affirmation listening to.
The 100-member Senate backed Thomas-Greenfield by 78 to twenty to be Washington’s consultant on the world physique and a member of Biden’s cupboard, comfortably exceeding the easy majority wanted.
All of the no votes got here from Republicans.
Thomas-Greenfield, 68, is a 35-year veteran of the Foreign Service who has served on 4 continents, most notably in Africa.
Republicans who opposed her nomination targeted on a 2019 speech she gave that some stated was favorable to Beijing. Thomas-Greenfield and her supporters pushed again, citing her a long time as a diplomat searching for to extend U.S. affect and counteract China’s.
At her affirmation listening to in late January, she confused the significance of U.S. re-engagement with the 193-member United Nations with the intention to problem efforts by China to “drive an authoritarian agenda.”
China has been working to realize larger world affect in a problem to conventional U.S. management, usually by offering loans to creating nations in Africa and elsewhere that tie them nearer to the Beijing authorities.
“Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield has a long history of expressed opposition to China’s use of debt trap tactics and its increasingly malign presence in world governance bodies,” Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stated as he urged assist.
Tension between the 2 superpowers hit a boiling level on the United Nations final yr over the coronavirus pandemic, as former President Donald Trump, a Republican, pulled the United States again from worldwide organizations as a part of his “America First” international coverage agenda.
Biden has confused his assist for multilateralism in international coverage, not simply by selecting a veteran diplomat for the U.N. publish, however restoring it to a Cabinet position.
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