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Veteran diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield returns as Biden’s pick for UN envoy

Linda Thomas-Greenfield had a busy holiday week.

The first media reports emerged a week ago Sunday that the retired U.S. ambassador was most likely President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for envoy to the United Nations in New York. On Monday, the Biden transition confirmed the news and on Tuesday she joined Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and their new national security team on stage for a rollout.

But perhaps more telling of who this career diplomat is, is what Thomas-Greenfield did Wednesday and Thursday — making and dropping off dinner for over a half dozen colleagues and friends who were alone for Thanksgiving, according to Jendayi Frazer.

“She has the X factor,” said Frazer, who served as George W. Bush’s ambassador to South Africa and assistant secretary of state for African affairs. “She’s thinking about other people. She cares about them and she just has a warmness about her and a

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Career diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield returns as Biden’s pick for UN envoy

Linda Thomas-Greenfield had a busy holiday week.



Linda Thomas-Greenfield wearing a suit and tie: President-elect Joe Biden's U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations nominee Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks at The Queen theater,in Wilmington, Del. , Nov. 24, 2020.


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President-elect Joe Biden’s U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations nominee Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks at The Queen theater,in Wilmington, Del. , Nov. 24, 2020.

The first media reports emerged a week ago Sunday that the retired U.S. ambassador was most likely President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for envoy to the United Nations in New York. On Monday, the Biden transition confirmed the news and on Tuesday she joined Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and their new national security team on stage for a rollout.

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But perhaps more telling of who this career diplomat is, is what Thomas-Greenfield did Wednesday and Thursday — making and dropping off dinner for over a half dozen colleagues and friends who were alone for Thanksgiving, according to Jendayi Frazer.

“She has the X factor,” said Frazer, who served as George W. Bush’s ambassador to

Read More