Senate Confirms Biden's UN Ambassador Nominee Who Sympathized with the Chinese Communist Party

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Posted: Feb 23, 2021 1:30 PM
Senate Confirms Biden's UN Ambassador Nominee Who Sympathized with the Chinese Communist Party

Source: Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP

The Senate confirmed President Biden’s nominee to serve as Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Linda Thomas-Greenfield. She received bipartisan support, with a vote of 78-20 on Tuesday afternoon. 

The 20 no votes on Thomas-Greenfield’s confirmation were all Republicans, who had concerns about her ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

"Let’s be clear that Linda Thomas-Greenfield has a record of praising and sympathizing with the Chinese Communist Party. It is not anomaly. An Africa expert, between 2013 and 2019 she testified before both chambers of Congress that the U.S. ‘is not competing with China in Africa,’” Tennesee Senator Marsha Blackburn said. “We need a U.N. ambassador who will stop Beijing in its tracks, not one who repeats the CCP’s foreign policy concepts.”

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) echoed concerns about Thomas-Greenfield's ties to China

"In the last month, we have witnessed a gradual erosion of America's resolve in confronting China. Linda Thomas-Greenfield's nomination to be Ambassador to the UN is just another signal of weakness to Beijing, which is why I'm opposing her nomination," Cotton wrote in a tweet on Monday.

Thomas-Greenfield is the president’s eighth nominee to be confirmed by the Senate, while more controversial nominees face steep scrutiny in their confirmation battles.