The US Senate confirmed Joe Biden’s nominee, veteran diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield, to serve as ambassador to the United Nations, adding a key member to his national security team nearly a month after her confirmation hearing.

Iran PressAmerica: The 100-member Senate backed Thomas-Greenfield by 78 to 20 to be Washington’s representative at the world body and a member of Biden’s Cabinet, comfortably exceeding the simple majority needed.

All of the no votes came from Republicans.

Republicans who opposed her nomination focused on a 2019 speech she gave that some said was favorable to Beijing. Thomas-Greenfield and her supporters pushed back, citing her decades as a diplomat seeking to increase U.S. influence and counteract China’s.

The new US ambassador to the United Nations has made it a priority to rebuild the country's position in the international body, which was shaken by Trump's unilateralism. 219