Jha Washington: Linda Thomas-Greenfield, veteran diplomat and Joe Biden candidate, has been confirmed as the next United States Ambassador to the United Nations by the United States Senate, adding a key member to the President’s national security team as it seeks to re-engage with the body world. The 100-member Senate on Tuesday backed Thomas-Greenfield by 78-20 votes to be the United States’ representative on the world body and a member of Biden’s cabinet. Thomas-Greenfield, 68, is a 35-year foreign service veteran who has served on four continents, most notably in Africa.
Vice President Kamala Harris is due to administer the oath of office at the White House on Wednesday. “Today’s Senate confirmation of Linda Thomas-Greenfield as the United States’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations reinforces President Biden’s commitment to restore and expand American leadership on the world stage,” said Secretary of State Tony Blinken. Thomas-Greenfield is a seasoned diplomat, deeply committed to American values, and the right choice to rebuild our nation’s position at the UN and in other multilateral fora. I congratulate her on her confirmation and look forward to our partnership to serve the American people and their interests, Blinken said in a statement.
A UN spokesperson told reporters in New York that the UN Secretary-General looks forward to working with the Ambassador on climate crisis issues, the resumption of COVID-19 and many other global issues which appear on their common program. Republican Senator Jim Risch, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said Thomas-Greenfield had a long history of service in the State Department and was qualified for the role of US Ambassador to the UN. As malicious actors like the Communist Party of China step up their efforts to influence the UN and other multilateral institutions, it is essential that we have a UN Ambassador who will be tough and uphold America’s ideals of freedom. , democracy and rule. of the law, he said.
As our country faces the greatest international health crisis of our generation alongside critical long-term global threats such as human rights, rule of law and climate change, working together and coordinating with American allies have never been more urgent, said Senator Jeanne Shaheen. A seasoned diplomat with over 30 years of experience working on global economic development to humanitarian issues in developing countries, Thomas-Greenfield brings the knowledge and experience to represent the United States as an Ambassador to the United States. United Nations, she said.
Senator Ted Cruz, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, voted against its confirmation, citing concerns over Team Biden’s rush to embrace the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). “During the first weeks of the new administration, I was deeply disturbed by the dangerous rush of President Biden’s candidates to embrace the worst elements of the Chinese Communist Party.
Ms Thomas-Greenfield’s track record shows a tendency to apologize for China, applaud their Belt and Road initiative, refrain from exposing their atrocities against human rights and political oppression, and downplay the risk that China stands for the safety and security of the American people, Cruz mentioned. Cruz said he believed Thomas-Greenfield’s decision to make remarks at an event sponsored by the Confucius Institute, a key propaganda platform for the CCP, should be disqualifying.
The United States desperately needs a UN Ambassador who will stand up to China and its pervasive influence at the United Nations. Because of her complete file, I do not think Ms. Thomas-Greenfield is capable of doing so and I therefore oppose her appointment. I remain committed to engaging vigorously with the Biden administration and the State Department to combat China’s malicious influence in the world, ”said Cruz. In his first major foreign policy speech as president this month, Biden said America can no longer afford to be absent on the world stage. Stating that “America is back,” Biden had said his administration will “repair” the country’s strained relations with its allies during the previous Trump administration and engage with the world again. The Biden administration is seeking to re-engage with the UN after former President Donald Trump’s four-year “America First” posture left the United States internationally isolated.
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