February 23, 2019

He has also repeatedly confused seasonal weather with climate change, tweeting only last month that a snow-hit US could do with “a little of that good old fashioned Global Warning right now”.

In October, the president told CBS’s 60 Minutes he thought that although the climate might be changing, the climate “could very well go back”.

Both Mr Trump’s and Ms Craft’s views are at odds with the White House’s own National Climate Assessment, which accepts the role human-made emissions play in climate change.

The diplomat has yet to be confirmed in the UN role by the Senate, but White House sources told AP that the president was advised her confirmation would be the smoothest of the three candidates he had been considering.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell backed her for the post, and she reportedly has the support of secretary of state Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton.

Mr Trump’s first pick to replace former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, the State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, recently withdrew from consideration. She cited family reasons for the decision.

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