What’s Up with American Ambassadors to Canada?
Trump is switching from one strange woman to another as ambassador to Canada. Don’t we have somebody more professional to send? In the process we are sending an ambassador who did a questionable job in Canada to be the new US ambassador to the UN.
The outgoing US ambassador to Canada, Kelly Knight Craft, was absent from Canada during much of her tenure. Politico reports that at her confirmation hearings for the UN job, the Democrats displayed a chart showing that she had been outside of her post in Canada for over 300 days, about half of her tenure in Canada. Craft’s main qualification for the Canada post seems to be that she is married to Kentucky coal billionaire Joe Craft, a big political donor. Globalnewsreported that in 2016 she gave $265,400 to Trump’s campaign. Her husband gave $2 million to Karl Rove’s American Crossroads Super PAC in 2016 and hundreds of thousands to other super PACs in the last few years.
The incoming US ambassador to Canada is another political donor, Aldona Wos from North Carolina. The Toronto Globe and Mail says she is a retired physician and philanthropist who was born in Poland and whose father was survived the Holocaust. She served on the board of the US Holocaust Memorial and as Ambassador to Estonia from 2004 50 2006. Her husband is technology executive Louis DeJoy. The Charlotte Business Journal says he has a long history as a Republican supporter and contributor and has been raising money for Charlotte to serve as the site of the Republican National Convention in 2020.
On its HBO TV show, Axios reported on how badly the Trump administration had handled vetting for senior administration officials. According to the show, Chris Christie had prepared many briefing books with potential candidates for all the top jobs, but Trump fired Christie and threw out his work, probably because Christie had prosecuted Jared Kushner’s father and put him in jail. Junior staffers and the Republican National Committee then took over the job of vetting candidates, and according the Axios (and the rapid turnover of senior officials), they did a poor job. The high number of “acting” officials in the Trump administration indicates that Trump is still having a hard time finding qualified personnel for important jobs.