In move many expect to signal U.S. reengagement in the world body, the U.S. Senate Tuesday confirmed Baker-native Linda Thomas-Greenfield to the cabinet-level position of Ambassador to the United Nations. She was confirmed on a 78-21 vote , with one senator not voting. Both U.S. Sen. John N. Kennedy, R-Madisonville, and U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, voted in favor of confirming Thomas-Greenfield. "I'm proud she's from Louisiana, but I'm more proud of her service to our country," Cassidy said in a statement after the vote. The 68-year-old LSU graduate is expected to be sworn in Wednesday by Vice President Kamala Harris. Then, she's expected to travel to New York City, where the UN headquarters are located, to present her credentials to U.N. Secretary General António Guterres on Thursday. Thomas-Greenfield also will assume leadership of the global policy-making U.N. Security Council on Monday. Almost immediately Thomas-Greenfield will be thrust into dealing with climate change and COVID-19 along with wars in Syria and Afghanistan and several humanitarian crises. “This confirmation sends a message that the United States is back and that our foreign service is back,” U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., told the Associated Press. Bass chairs a House Foreign Affairs… Read full this story
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