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Senate Confirms Linda Thomas-Greenfield AS Biden’s Ambassador to the U.N.

  • February 23, 2021

“America is back,” Ms. Thomas-Greenfield said when Mr. Biden announced her nomination in November, echoing a theme of Mr. Biden’s in talks with other world leaders. “Multilateralism is back. Diplomacy is back.”

Ms. Thomas-Greenfield joined the foreign service in 1982. From 2008 to 2012, she served as ambassador to Liberia, before becoming the director general of the foreign service for about a year. From 2013 to 2017, she served as the top United States diplomat for African affairs, where she helped oversee the response to the Ebola epidemic. In 2017, she was among the diplomats pushed out of the department by Rex W. Tillerson, a former secretary of state.

During her tenure, she became known for what she calls “Gumbo Diplomacy,” referring to the Cajun dish she often prepared alongside her foreign counterparts to break down barriers during diplomatic conversations.

Republicans lawmakers on Capitol Hill have expressed some concern, most notably around a speech she gave in October 2019 on African countries’ relationships with both China and the United States.

In the speech, at Savannah State University, she extolled the benefits of American cooperation with China in cultivating strengthened relations with the developing countries of Africa, one of her main areas of expertise.

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