Politics Linda Thomas-Greenfield confirmed as UN ambassador
Senate advances key nominees for Joe Biden as president's Cabinet starts to take shape
Two more nominees – Deb Haaland for Interior and Xavier Becerra for Health and Human Services – have begun confirmation hearings.The Senate approved former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to serve in the same position in Biden's Cabinet. That vote came shortly after senators confirmed Linda Thomas-Greenfield as ambassador to the United Nations.
The Senate voted toLinda Thomas-Greenfield for the position of ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday.
The veteran diplomat was confirmed 78-20. Thomas-Greenfield was former President Barack Obama's assistant secretary of state for African affairs from 2013 to 2017 and former President George W. Bush's ambassador to Liberia in 2008. She stayed in the latter role under Obama until 2012, when she became his director general of the foreign service, rising quickly through the State Department's ranks.
USA: The Senate confirms the appointment of Thomas-Greenfield as Ambassador to the UN
USA-BIDEN-UN: USA: The Senate confirms the appointment of Thomas-Greenfield as Ambassador to the UN © Reuters / POOL New USA: SENATE CONFIRMS APPOINTMENT OF THOMAS-GREENFIELD AS UN AMBASSADOR by Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The US Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of the candidate chosen by President Joe Biden to become the new ambassador of the United Nations United States to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a career diplomat who has joined the White House's national secur
While her nomination was not considered particularly controversial, she did have towith questions from Republicans over a paid speech she gave in 2019 before the Savannah State University branch of the Chinese state-funded Confucius Institute during her confirmation hearings, which she called "a huge mistake."
“Truthfully, I wish I had not accepted the specific invitation, and I came across from the experience frankly alarmed at the way the Confucius Institutes were engaging with the black community in Georgia," she said. "It reminded me of what I’d seen in Africa: The Chinese government going after those in need with fewer resources.”
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Italy seeks UN probe into DRC envoy's killing .
Italy said Wednesday it has asked the United Nations to launch an investigation into the killing of its ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo. On Monday, the DRC's interior ministry blamed the killings on the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a Rwandan Hutu rebel group. But the FDLR rejected the allegation and instead blamed the Rwandan and DRC militaries.- Opened fire -Di Maio said the WFP party was relying on UN protocol during the trip from the capital Kinshasa to Goma, some 2,500 kilometres (1,550 miles) east, but that Attanasio had "full power" to decide how and where to move within DRC.