New US envoy Kelly Craft says she will be voice for freedom

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New US envoy Kelly Craft says she will be voice for freedom
New U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft talks to the media after attending her first Security Council meeting, at United Nations headquarters, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Kelly Craft has presented her credentials as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and says she is coming to the world organization “as a voice of America’s unwavering commitment to democracy, freedom, human rights and whenever possible peaceful resolution of conflicts.”

Craft is a longtime Republican activist who previously served as U.S. ambassador to Canada. She expressed “extraordinary gratitude for the bold leadership” of President Donald Trump.

“Strong American leadership is absolutely critical and I intend to provide it,” Craft said. “I will stand by our friends and allies, I will advocate for the poor and the weak.”

She spoke briefly to reporters Thursday after presenting her credentials to Secretary-General António Guterres and delivering a statement at her first U.N. Security Council meeting on the Central African Republic.