The Telegram (St. John's)

Trump’s pick for ambassador to Canada to push for even stronger ties


U.S. President Donald Trump’s choice to serve as the next ambassador to Canada said she will work hard to maintain — and improve — the strong economic relationsh­ip between both countries during her time in Ottawa.

“I will work tirelessly to further enhance our strong economic partnershi­p — the most extensive and integrated economic relationsh­ip of any two nations in the world,” Kelly Knight Craft said Thursday during her Senate confirmati­on hearing in Washington, D.C.

“I believe we can do better,” she added.

“If confirmed, I will seek new opportunit­ies to foster further growth to create more jobs for both countries, while promoting free and fair trade to ensure that American businesses and workers can compete on a level playing field.”

The Trump administra­tion wants to have its ambassador in Canada quickly, since negotiatio­ns for the new North American Free Trade Agreement are set to begin next month.

Knight Craft did not divulge many other details about the role she expects to play in the NAFTA talks, except to say that she will work closely with U.S. Trade Representa­tive Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on advancing American priorities on the file.

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