The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Linda Thomas-Greenfield as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
She was confirmed by a vote of 78-20.
In a second Tuesday vote, to officially designate Thomas-Greenfield as the U.S. representative in United Nations General Assembly meetings, the Senate backed her 78-21.
Thomas-Greenfield has a lengthy career serving as a diplomat, with most of the time dedicated to U.S. efforts in Africa. The Louisiana native was an ambassador to Liberia and assistant secretary of State for African Affairs during the Obama administration.
During her Jan. 27 confirmation hearing, she was peppered with questions regarding her policy approach to China.
Critics, including GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, said she had gone too easy on China in a 2019 speech at an institute that had been suspected of pushing Chinese propaganda.
In response, Thomas-Greenfield called the speech a mistake and vowed to limit Beijing's influence at U.N. General Assembly meetings.