United States Senate confirms Joe Biden’s choice for UN ambassador

The Senate confirmed President Joe Biden’s choice to lead US diplomacy at the United Nations on Tuesday.
The vote for Linda Thomas-Greenfield reflected a divide between the Biden administration’s determination to re-engage with the world body and former President Donald Trump’s diplomacy that often left the US isolated internationally.
Senators voted 78-20 to confirm Thomas-Greenfield to the post, which will be a Cabinet-level position.
Thomas-Greenfield, a retired 35-year veteran of the foreign service who resigned during the Trump administration, will be the third African-American and second African-American woman to hold the job.
Many Republicans opposed her because they said she was soft on China and would not stand up for US principles at the United Nations.
Thomas-Greenfield had rejected those concerns during her confirmation hearing, telling senators that a 2019 speech she gave to the Chinese-funded Confucius Institute had been a mistake and was not intended to be an …