President Donald Trump's latest pick to replace former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley is Kelly Knight Craft, the wife of billionaire Joe Craft. Both Craft and her husband are major supporters of President Donald Trump.
The pick gives the former Republican commentator Max Boot major concerns that the Trump administration will once again become a laughingstock on the world stage.
Writing in the Washington Post, Boot points out that historically that position was filled by the major statesmen of their time -- major historical figures including Henry Cabot Lodge and Adlai Stevenson. He notes that the President's first pick, Nikki Haley, was a continuation of that legacy. "She was a former governor who has been talked about as a possible presidential contender, and she acquitted herself admirably at the United Nations," Boot writes.
Her initial replacement, Heather Nauert, did not have an equally relevant resume. Nauert had previously worked at Fox News.
Craft is even more problematic, argues Boot.
"Kelly Knight Craft was chosen to be U.S. ambassador to Canada, and now to the United Nations, because she and her third husband, the billionaire coal baron Joe Craft, are mega MAGA-donors," he writes.
"According to The Post, they gave 'about $1.5 million to GOP candidates in 2016, including $270,800 to Trump’s campaign committee or his joint fundraising committee with the Republican National Committee.'"
He observes that Craft appears to be politically connected to the Trumps and the Republican leadership. She previously served as ambassador to Canada.
"Perhaps just as important from this president’s perspective, they are also 'repeat, high-paying customers at Trump’s hotel in Washington.' Craft’s other recommendation is that, as a Kentucky native, she is a supporter of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and is said to be friends with McConnell’s wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao."
"If confirmed, Craft will arrive at the United Nations as a laughingstock — just like her boss," writes Boot, who left the Republican Party due to their embrace of President Donald Trump.
Read the column here.