Ms Craft – who has served as the US Ambassador to Canada since 2017 – reportedly took 128 flights between the two nations in just over a year. Having averaged a flight a week, the envoy was slammed in Congress over her lack of presence in the nation she was meant to be working in. She appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday after President Trump nominated Ms Craft as his new UN ambassador.
As expected, Democrat Senators were quick to seize on the ambassador’s patchy record, with New Jersey’s Bob Menendez highlighting his shock.
He said: “That’s an extraordinary number of absences.
“During your one-and-a-half years as Ambassador you spent an excessive amount of time absent from Ottawa, leaving your duties to deputies.
“I find this staggering amount of time away from post very troubling and an abdication of leadership.”
Trump nominated Craft to be UN Ambassador (Image: GETTY)
Democrat Senators called out Ms Craft on her absences - listed in red on the calendar behind Coons (Image: GETTY)
Ms Craft was absent from her post for 45 out of 54 days from March 21 to May 13 this year, sparking outrage from Democrats and questions over her commitment.
Senator Chris Coons said that the UN Ambassador post requires more work than being a Canada envoy, adding: "New York is even harder.”
The Ambassador fiercely defended her record in the role, saying that all her trips were work-related and approved by the State Department.
More importantly, she added, they were crucial in negotiating the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) – a new trade deal