WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met with Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield who has been nominated to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. They discussed critical national security issues facing the United States and the urgency of restoring U.S. leadership in international multilateral forums.
Following their meeting, Senator Booker issued the following statement:“It is clear to me that Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield is eminently qualified to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and I am confident that her experience, expertise and leadership will help to keep our country safe, repair our alliances and restore America’s standing on the world’s stage,” said Senator Booker. “As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I look forward to working with Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and the Biden Administration as the U.S. reasserts its moral leadership and values including, addressing climate change, ensuring humanitarian access, safeguarding basic freedoms and human dignity, and maintaining peace. Her presence on President-Elect Biden’s cabinet reinforces the incoming Biden Administration’s respect for multilateralism, alliances, and international coordination to confront the world’s most pressing challenges.”
Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield has served a distinguished 35-year Foreign Service career. From 2013 to 2017, she served as the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, where she led the bureau focused on developing and managing U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this appointment, she served as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources (2012-2013). Additionally, she served as an ambassador to Liberia from 2008 to 2012 and served postings at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Switzerland, Pakistan, Kenya, The Gambia, Nigeria, and Jamaica.
In addition to meeting with Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield, today Senator Booker introduced a resolution recognizing the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations. Since it was established in 1945 with the U.S. as a founding member, the United Nations has played a critical role in preventing conflicts, maintaining peace, and safeguarding human rights around the world. Earlier this year, Booker introduced the Abiding By United States Commitments Act of 2020, which would fund the WHO in contravention of Trump’s decision to leave the WHO.
The full text of the bill can be viewed here.