President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Canada, who has said she believes there are “accurate” scientists on both sides of the climate change debate, has risen as a serious contender to become the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Reuters reported on Thursday.
Kelly Craft received a boost from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to aides for both Trump and McConnell, when he recommended that the president choose Craft for the job.
The position currently remains open after Nikki Haley resigned her post last year.
Reuters said others under consideration by the president include U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and Republican John James, who unsuccessfully ran for a Michigan Senate seat last year.
Should Trump go with Craft, he will be selecting someone who told CBC in 2017 that “both sides of science” inform her beliefs about climate change — a remarkable stance, considering the two sides are diametrically opposed.
Nevertheless, Craft told the news outlet: “I think that both sides have their own results, from their studies, and I appreciate and I respect both sides of the science.”
Asked about Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, Craft responded: “I think that the approach may seem different, but we all have the same goal. And that is to better our environment and maintain the environment.”
She added, "Therefore, I feel like our administration has been on top of this regardless of whether or not they would be pulling out."
Craft also said during the interview the she believes “there are scientists on both sides that are accurate."
Reuters noted that Craft and McConnell hail from the same state of Kentucky, and Craft has been a top Republican donor.