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Trump chooses former ambassador to Estonia for Ottawa posting

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Aldona Wos was the U.S. representative in Tallinn between 2004 and 2006, and secretary of North Carolina’s health and human services department from 2013 to 2015. A Republican donor, her nomination will need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. (The Logic)

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Talking point: The job has been vacant since Kelly Craft was confirmed as UN ambassador in July 2019. Wos has periodically been floated as her replacement since President Donald Trump asked Craft to swap Ottawa for New York in February 2019. The Ottawa embassy is often led by a top political donor—Craft and husband Joe gave millions to Trump’s campaign, while President Barack Obama sent former Goldman Sachs investment banker Bruce Heyman, who has remained a vocal proponent of the U.S.-Canada relationship. Wos will undergo Senate confirmation hearings as Canada’s Parliament is considering the USMCA, which the U.S. and Mexican legislators have already passed.