Jendayi E. Frazer, who served as President George W. Bush’s assistant secretary of state for African affairs, stated the United States had “lost a lot of diplomatic credibility” within the United Nations in the course of the Trump administration.
Ms. Thomas-Greenfield is “going to have to undo a lot of that work,” Ms. Frazer stated. “But she’s the perfect person to do it, because of her diplomatic style.”
Throughout her diplomatic profession, Ms. Thomas-Greenfield was identified for mentoring younger State Department workers, and for utilizing an strategy towards international coverage that drew on relationships and private connections, a number of former State Department officers stated.
Dehab Ghebreab, a 27-year veteran of the Foreign Service who labored together with her in Liberia, remembers one explicit second when Ms. Thomas-Greenfield was the ambassador posted in Monrovia.
In 2012, Ms. Thomas-Greenfield determined that the nation’s rise in harassment in opposition to lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender youths wanted to be addressed, Ms. Ghebreab stated. To accomplish that, she invited a bunch of eight folks for lunch, and over an expansion of gumbo, hen, fish and rice, she introduced collectively the nation’s minister of data with two L.G.B.T. youths and members of the information media to speak and eat.
Hours after the nation’s minister of data left, he launched a press release condemning the rise in abuse, Ms. Ghebreab stated, which caught some embassy workers abruptly, as a result of most prime politicians within the nation had refused to deal with the problem.
“She’s very effective,” Ms. Ghebreab stated.
Pranshu Verma reported from Washington, and Rick Gladstone from New York. Emily Cochrane contributed reporting from Washington.