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'After Trump, the UN needs some extra love': Linda Thomas-Greenfield confirmed as UN ambassador

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WASHINGTON – The Senate approved Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s nomination Tuesday to be ambassador to the United Nations, a post that will quickly thrust her into the international spotlight.

Despite some fireworks during her confirmation hearing, Thomas-Greenfield won strong bipartisan support in Tuesday’s 78-to-20 vote. 

At the UN, Thomas-Greenfield will have a high-profile role in the Biden administration’s efforts to restore America’s standing as a global leader. And she will face an early test of her diplomatic mettle: The U.S. is scheduled to hold the Security Council’s rotating presidency in March, giving the U.S. ambassador leverage to shape the body’s agenda.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called Thomas-Greenfield “exceptionally qualified” for the UN post and said her confirmation was urgent.  

Linda Thomas-Greenfield appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on her nomination to be the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, on Capitol Hill on January 27, 2021 in Washington, DC.

“She’ll assume the role of the UN ambassador at a time when the nations of the world must deepen their cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 and the fight against climate change, among other critical priorities,” the Democratic leader said during Monday evening’s debate on her candidacy. 

There’s no question that Thomas-Greenfield will face a gauntlet of geopolitical challenges, from knotty relationships with Russia and China to lingering skepticism among U.S. allies after four years of the Trump administration’s “America First” foreign policy. 

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