Linda Thomas-Greenfield, confirmed as new US ambassador to the UN

15 minutes. The United States (USA) Senate officially confirmed this Tuesday Linda Thomas-Greenfield, nominated by President Joe Biden, as the country’s new ambassador to the United Nations (UN).

Thomas-Greenfield, a veteran African-American diplomat, had broad support from senators, as the vote ended with 78 supports and 20 rejections.

During her confirmation hearings, Washington’s new ambassador to the UN vindicated the fundamental role that the US has to play in the global arena. Also the need to recover the commitment to multilateralism.

“When the United States appears, when we are consistent and persistent, when we use our influence in accordance with our values, the United Nations can be an indispensable institution to advance peace, security and our collective well-being,” he said.

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She was also critical of China’s “authoritarian agenda”, which she accused of wanting to undermine the UN from within.

“His success will depend on our continued withdrawal from the international sphere. That will not happen while he is in office,” he stressed about the Asian giant.

Thomas-Greenfield has an extensive career diplomat throughout various administrations in the US dating back to that of Ronald Reagan (1981-1989). In the past she has been an ambassador to Liberia and was assistant secretary of state for African Affairs between 2013 and 2017.

With the arrival of former Republican President Donald Trump to power under an agenda of international isolationism, in January 2017, he decided to withdraw from the diplomatic career. Since then, she started working for the consulting firm Albright Stonebridge Group, where she was Senior Vice President.

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