WATCH LIVE: Senate holds confirmation hearing for UN ambassador nominee Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Now her candidacy will be put to a vote by the full Senate
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday endorsed President Joe Biden’s candidacy for the post of US Permanent Representative to the UN. Now the candidacy of the experienced diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield must be approved by the full Senate.
The Committee supported her nomination by 18 votes to 4..
It is not yet clear when Thomas-Greenfield will be voted on by the full Senate, which is currently negotiating an economic aid package and is due to begin impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump next week..
The committee vote was postponed one day over objections by Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who expressed concern that Thomas-Greenfield spoke at the Confucius Institute in 2019 – center funded by the Chinese government.
Leading Democrats and Republicans on the committee said Thomas-Greenfield’s decades of diplomatic experience outweigh any single speech..
«I have no doubt that Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield is well aware of the challenges we face from the Chinese government», – said Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, who recently took over as chairman of the committee.
«I am not ready to allow one speech to determine a person’s entire career., – noted the highest-ranking Republican on the committee, Jim Risch, who voted in favor of Thomas Greenfield. – She has an impeccable reputation. She is a good person – maybe even too good».