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Senator Ted Cruz Delays Confirmation Vote on U.N. Ambassador Nominee Linda Thomas-Greenfield Over Her China-Africa Speech

Republican Senator from Texas Ted Cruz holds a copy of a 2019 speech by Linda Thomas-Greenfield that was delivered at 'Confucius Institute' at Savannah State University, during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the nomination of Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 27, 2021. MICHAEL REYNOLDS / POOL / AFP

Texas Senator Ted Cruz threw a wrench into Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s confirmation process to become the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Cruz called for a one-week delay of the vote on her confirmation and while that doesn’t sound like much, it would push the vote into the middle of the Senate’s contentious trial on whether to impeach former President Donald Trump.

Cruz is among a number of Republican members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who took issue with a 2019 speech that Thomas-Greenfield gave at a Confucius Institute in Georgia, where she said both the U.S. and China could be positive influences in Africa.

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