The White House on Wednesday night announced that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Kentuckian Kelly Knight Craft as U.S. ambassador to Canada.
“Craft was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a United States Delegate to the United Nations,” said the news release. “Craft has served in key roles for major organizations, including on the board of directors of the Salvation Army and the Center for Rural Development, a nonprofit dedicated to economic progress in rural Kentucky.”
Ambassadors must be confirmed by the Senate.
Craft, a Glasgow native, and her husband, coal magnate Joe Craft of Alliance Resource Partners, donated thousands of dollars to help elect Trump president and served on his inaugural committee. Gov. Matt Bevin appointed Craft to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees last summer. Joe Craft has donated millions of dollars to the UK men’s basketball and football programs.