Pending confirmation by the Senate, President Trump announced on Wednesday his choice for two new U.S. ambassadors.
Trump has tapped Republican billionaire Kelly Knight Craft, from Kentucky, to serve as ambassador to Canada. Craft’s family has a successful coal business, and she and her husband Joe Craft of Alliance Resource Partners reportedly donated thousands of dollars towards Trump’s presidential campaign.
Craft was a delegate at the 2016 Republican National Convention, and was appointed by president George W. Bush in 2007 to serve as a delegate to the United Nations.
President Trump also nominated Sharon Day of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as ambassador to Costa Rica. Day has been the co-chair of the Republican National Committee since 2011.
The Miami Herald reported that Day was one of the high-profile speakers at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and gave a “fiery speech” just before Election Day where she highlighted Bill Clinton’s sex scandals and encouraged American voters to “close that chapter of perversion.”
When the crowd responded with cries of “Lock her up! Lock her up!” Day responded by saying, “No, defeat her!”
If approved, Day will replace S. Fitzgerald Haney as ambassador to Costa Rica – one of the few ambassadors from the Obama administration who has been allowed to stay in his post until a replacement could be approved.
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